Town councillors last night (Wednesday) unanimously supported plans for a new restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea High Street.

The owner of Burnham Shopping Centre at 8-8A High Street has submitted a planning application to build a first floor extension which will be used as a licensed restaurant and bar. The shopping centre will remain open on the ground floor.

Town councillors welcomed the proposals at a meeting of the Planning Applications committee on Wednesday evening (October 9th).

Cllr Nick Tolley said: “This building is part of the heritage of our town – it was previously a cinema and a Woolworths store. It’s heart warming to see investment like this, not just in this business but in our town centre.”

Cllr Bill Hancock said: “The plans look good. This will help to brighten up part of the High Street and encourage people to spend money in the town centre.”

Cllr Peter Clayton told the meeting, pictured below: “The plans look nice. The previous concerns about bins storage and potential noise for neighbouring residents have been overcome and addressed, I think this would be a great improvement.”

Cllr Sue Harvey said:  “It’s great to see a new business like this being created in the town centre.”

Town councillors unanimously supported the plans, although the final decision rests with Sedgemoor District Council.

Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the property’s owner, Satnam Singh, said: “I have been trading in Burnham for 37 years, and over those decades I have not seen as tough conditions as we have experienced in the last seven years.”

”Different food outlets bring people into the town from outside, you only need to look at Wetherspoons. If we don’t diversify and add value to our High Street there will be another big void in Burnham, like the one opposite our store.”