Plans to open a new seafront cafe and shop in Burnham-On-Sea have been given the go-ahead by town councillors this week.

The Round Tower guesthouse on the North Esplanade has requested ‘a change of use’ for part of the building for the introduction of a kiosk and shop plus tea room and dining area with sea views.

At a meeting of the Town Council’s Planning Applications Committee on Monday evening (June 11th), councillors gave a green light to the plans.

Cllr Louise Parkin said: “As a council, we’re looking at plans to improve the seafront — these plans help to take things in the right direction, improving the north end of the Esplanade.”

Cllr Nick Tolley said: “I welcome this application — anything that creates more amenities at that end of the seafront is good.”

Cllr Andy Brewer added: “We received one letter of objection from a resident saying a cafe would spoil the peace and tranquility of this part of the seafront, but we received three other letters supporting the plans.”

Cllr John Parkes said: “Surely anything that improves the northern end of the Esplanade must be supported – I think a business here offering cream teas is welcome.”

Cllr Parkin cautioned: “We don’t want to see it over commercialised like Blackpool – but this is a positive step.”

The plans were unanimously approved by the committee on the basis that the plans will “improve the visitor amenity and enhance the northern Esplanade.” A final decision on the scheme rests with Sedgemoor District Council.