Plans to build 17 new homes next to Burnham-On-Sea’s Tesco supermarket have been given the final go-ahead this week.

The development of vacant land to the west of the Tesco store in Burnham’s Ben Travers Way was the subject of a so-called ‘reserved matters’ application.

An original planning application for 17 homes at the site was approved by Sedgemoor District Council in February 2014 despite objections from local residents.

Several conditions were placed on the developer to protect the privacy and ‘amenity’ of nearby residents.

The applicant, EG Carter & Co, has been seeking consent for ‘reserved matters’ items covering the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the site.

Sedgemoor District Council considered the updated scheme at their latest planning meeting and approved it.

One local resident, Steve Fraser, told “Rather ironically, there are lots of planning restrictions for birds and badgers but no mention of protecting residents from fears about access to the site out of hours or the nightmare of everything coming through Olivier Close, as per the Mulberry Park experience of 2014.”