to convert Burnham-On-Sea shop into six flats are rejected
for a hardware shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to be turned into
a new development of flats have been rejected by Sedgemoor District
Council this week.
Hardware in Regent Street shut at the end of 2015 after almost 100
years of business but WE Salway Limited had sought planning permission
to turn the property into six new flats.
planning team rejected the application on Friday (April 28th), citing
concerns that it would "hurt the character and appearance of
the Burnham-On-Sea Conservation Area" and result in a "loss
of footfall which would have an adverse impact on the viability
and vitality particularly of the town centre."
said: "By virtue of the design of the proposed extension and
conversion works, including the loss of key historical features,
the development would cause substantial harm to the character and
appearance of the Burnham-On-Sea Conservation Area."
virtue of the loss of retail premises at ground floor level and
in the absence of an appropriate marketing exercise that demonstrates
otherwise, it is considered that the development would lead to the
loss of footfall which would have an adverse impact on the viability
and vitality particularly of the town centre resulting in a detrimental
impact on the economy."
proposal includes the extension of the building at the rear at first
and second floor levels where it is immediately adjacent to other
dwellings, particularly the neighbouring rooftop terrace. It is
considered that the extensions would have an adverse impact on the
amenities of the neighbouring residents by virtue of the unacceptable
level of over-shadowing and visual domination."
and Highbridge Town Council had also objected against the plans
earlier this year, citing a loss of retail facilities.
application was for a single one-bedroom flat and five two-bedroom
flats, plus an extension to the south elevation and the creation
of an enclosed courtyard.