councillors welcome 'long overdue' plan for 35 flats
to build 35 new retirement apartments on a derelict garage site
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have been supported by councillors
who say development is long overdue.
developer Abracore won
approval in 2014 to build two blocks of three-storey buildings
at the site of the former Tucker's Garage in Victoria Street with
the condition that a planning application for landscaping of the
site be approved no more than three years after permission was granted.
and Highbridge Town Council's planning committee has considered
the developers 'Reserved Matters' planning application at
its latest meeting and gacve their approval.
Louise Parkin said at the meeting that the development is "badly
needed" since the site has been derelict for years, while Cllr
Andy Brewer said the overhaul is "long overdue."
resident Roger Bowring has submitted a letter of opposition to the
plans, saying it does "not have enough parking spaces for the
number of flats or visitors. There is very little extra parking
available on the outside roads and this is a very busy area."
resident, Mrs J Pettitt, says: "This is needed as the population
is living longer and also it might free up houses or flats that
older people would like to move out of but have nowhere to go or
are in another town. This development would be perfect in the town
Conservation Officer Charlotte Westwood has given her backing to
the plans. "Only the entrance to the site is included within
the Burnham Conservation Area. The proposals appear to only include
landscaping details as requested as part of the appeal decision
provided with the application. I can confirm that I have no objection
to the proposals."
controversial application has previously divided local opinion -
with some saying the planned development is 'out of keeping' with
the surrounding area, while others say any development of the derelict
site is welcome.
site was previously occupied by the former Tucker's Garage, pictured
above, which was demolished ten years ago, as we featured here
at the time.
District Council is welcoming feedback on the scheme from residents
until October 24th, when a decision will be made.