Plans to replace this former church hall in Burnham-On-Sea with a new block of 14 flats have been given a ‘thumbs down’ by town councillors despite changes to the proposals.

Raglan Homes applied for planning permission earlier this year to knock down St Peter’s Hall, opposite Burnham’s Catholic Church in Highbridge Road, to create the new development.

Town councillors raised several concerns about the height of the proposed development and its ‘out-of-character’ appearance with surrounding properties – and the developer has now come back and altered its scheme.

However, councillors on Burnham’s planning applications committee say the changes don’t go far enough – and have recommended the scheme does not get approval when Sedgemoor District Council’s planners consider it during the next few weeks.

Dpeuty Town Clerk Denise Emery told “Councillors were pleased to see several changes to the scheme, which include the building now being built of bricks, not rendering, but members felt the changes were cosmetic and did not fully address their concerns regarding excessive height and the property being out-of-keeping with the area.”

“The development would be forward of the property line along Highbridge Road, and members also have concerns about the lack of community areas being provided.”

The final decision on whether the scheme gets approval rests with Sedgemoor District Council’s planners.