June 27, 2011
to turn care home into 12 homes draw 'strong objections'
councillors in Burnham-On-Sea last night raised "strong objections"
over proposals to demolish this former care home and replace it
with 12 new homes.
At a meeting on Monday evening (June 27th), the council's Planning
Applications Committee raised a number of concerns about the plans
by developers Property Link South Limited for 64-66 Berrow Road.
property, pictured, was formerly known as Beechwood House Rest
Home, which closed
in 2008 as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here.
The planning application will involves the demolition of existing
buildings at the site plus the construction of eight three-storey
houses in two blocks with 14 parking spaces and a further four
two-storey houses in one block at the rear, fronting onto Players
Town councillors considered the plans on Monday in-depth and
decided to lodge 'strong objections' on several grounds.
Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton said: "The scheme represents
an over-development of the site, the building would not provide
enough parking facilities, there would not be enough amenity space
and the light and privacy of a neighbouring property would be
Committee Chairman Cllr Alan Miller added: "I have real
concerns about the access for emergency vehicle at the site -
it would be very poor."
was also a concern for Cllr Helen Groves, who said: "Players
Lane, which runs behind the property, is an unadopted road and
so parking would not be enforceable. There could be many problems
here unless the county council were to take it over and maintain
Cllr Louise Parkin added: "There are some beautiful old
properties along this stretch of Berrow Road. It would be such
a shame if a building out of keeping with the area were introduced."
And Cllr Bill Hancock also raised concerns about access and the
risk of flooding in the area.
A letter of objection from a nearby Berrow Road resident was
also read out at the meeting, who raised further concerns about
But a statement from Sedgemoor planning officer Chris Gomm revealed
he has "no objections in principal" to the plans. Burnham-On-Sea.com
Feedback from members of the public is welcomed until July 19th.
Sedgemoor District Council will ultimately decide whether the
plans go ahead.