Three new homes and a convenience store are set to be built in place of the former Berrow Inn, councillors have decided this week.
Sedgemoor District Council’s Development Committee approved a planning application for the site, next to the Berrow Triangle, during their meeting on Tuesday (February 2nd).
Burnham property developer Novellus has won approval to build a new retail unit plus three homes, on the site of the pub, right, which was demolished in 2014.
Bob Filmer, the committee’s chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Tuesday’s meeting: “Berrow Parish Council spoke strongly in support of the development, saying the new facilities would benefit Berrow and north Burnham.”
“While concerns about traffic access onto the road had been raised by the County Council, it was pointed out by the Parish Council that the pub had been very successful and had handled access by delivery lorries and customers’ cars.”
“Therefore, taking what used to operate there, and considering that the access road is being widened, members felt the proposals would be no less safe. We also appreciated and recognised that the applicant has worked to amend the plans and improve the access.”
During the meeting, Gavin Mcardle from Berrow Parish Council spoke out in favour of the application.
The vote of the fourteen councillors saw thirteen vote in favour and one abstain.
A Parish Council spokesman said: “We recommended approval of this application. The dwellings and retail outlet are of benefit to Berrow and have the support of the majority of parishioners who viewed the plans.”
In a report to councillors, Sedgemoor’s case officer Stuart Houlet had recommended that district councillors refuse the plans at this week’s meeting.
The applicant had been due to speak during Tuesday’s meeting but called in to the council to say he was stuck in traffic and was unable to attend.