Controversial plans to build 16 homes on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea were given the go-ahead by planners on Tuesday (September 26th).
We reported in August how Chelvey Homes had submitted an application to demolish a bungalow at 55a Huntspill Road and replace it with the new housing development.
On Tuesday, Sedgemoor planners debated the application for 16 dwellings, plus the formation of parking and access at the site, and gave delegated approval for the scheme to proceed.
Burnham and Highbridge town councillors had objected to the proposal on the grounds of overdevelopment, a lack of amenity space, concern regarding the number of vehicles turning onto a busy road bend, and concern over access for emergency vehicles.
Four letters of objection had also been received from local residents who claimed that the three-storey side elevation would take away natural sunlight, leave some of their existing properties overlooked by the new homes, and pose a danger to motorists accessing the site because of poor visibility.
But district planning officer Rob Morgan recommended that the application be given consent – and this was followed by councillors on Tuesday. “The proposal involves the redevelopment of a brownfield site close to the town centre area of Highbridge to which there are no policy objections. The form of the development reflects and enhances the existing character of the street,” he said.