Proposals to convert a former nursery on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea into a new development of five homes have this week been given the final go-ahead by Somerset Council.

The site – Rose Cottage Farm Nursery in Burnham Moor Lane at Edithmead – closed in the autumn of 2022.

The plans were approved on Tuesday (November 14th) by Somerset Council’s planning committee.

A previous planning application that was submitted in May 2020 stated that the nursery was faced with closure since it was unable to open its summer school during the pandemic, which meant the business had become unviable.

At that time, the plans were to convert the site into a pair of semi-detached bungalows, one of which would be used by the applicant, who owned and managed the site, as a retirement home.

The property has since been taken over by West Country Parks, which also owns Edithmead Leisure holiday park next door to the site.

Brand new proposals for the site were announced in September by the new owner to transform the former nursery site into what it describes as five “desperately needed low-value houses to rent.”

The new plans also include five parking spaces, a guest parking space, two disabled spaces, a shared electric vehicle charging point and bicycle storage.

The applicant says there are only a few changes from the designs that were approved in 2020. It also adds that the plans will result in less traffic than the former nursery.

The owner states in its design and access statement: “The proposal fits in with the applicant’s desire to create residential units that can be rented to single people who are likely to benefit from the nearby facilities at the Edithmead Park Homes site, which is also in the applicant’s ownership.”

Somerset Council has approved the application with five conditions:

1.  The development shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission. Reason: In accordance with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 ( as amended by Section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).
2. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans listed in schedule A. Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.
3. Before any of the dwellings are occupied the parking and turning areas as shown on plan no.223/7 shall have been provided and constructed within the site. Such parking and turning spaces shall be kept clear of obstruction at all times and shall not be used other than for the parking and turning of vehicles in connection with the development hereby permitted. Reason: In the interest of highway safety.
4. Any entrance gates erected shall be hung to open inwards, shall be set back a minimum distance of 5 metres from the carriageway edge and shall thereafter be maintained in that condition at all times. Reason: In the interest of highway safety.
5. The development shall be constructed with an integral safe refuge area for each dwellings set at a minimum of 6.75m AOD and all flood resilience measures detailed in section 2.03 of the submitted Flood Risk Assessment dated July 2023. These measures shall be implemented prior to first occupation and thereafter retained and maintained for the lifetime of the development. Reason: To reduce flood risk to the development and future users.
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