votes in favour of Berrow Post Office being turned into a home
Parish Councillors last night (Wednesday) voted in favour of the
village's Post Office being converted into a residential home.
now looks certain that the post office, in Berrow Road, will change
from being a mixed-use residential and retail site to a single-use
home after Berrow Parish Council's Planning Committee decided they
were unable to object on planning grounds.
planning application noted that the nearby Co-Operative store in
Berrow Road has taken custom away from the post office.
Barry Kew, who chairs the committee, told the meeting: "Since
I've lived here we've lost several shops in the centre of Berrow
- from a bicycle shop to a curtains and blinds business - which
are all now private properties."
Gill Wise said: "All the cottages next door were shops in the
past so it makes it difficult to say 'no' to this application."
Gavin McArdle agreed: "It's difficult for the Post Office to
continue if it's no longer a viable business."
Rick Jones noted: "From a parking view, it will probably be
safer if shoppers are not constantly stopping on the double yellow
unanimously agreed to recommend the plans for approval, noting there
were no planning grounds to object.
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, in the proposal agent Greenslade Taylor Hunt
says: "The shop is not located in a key shopping area and therefore
we do not believe it would have an impact on the local communities."
the Co-operative shop opened nearby in April 2017, the day-to-day
takings at the retail outlet have fallen significantly and it is
therefore unsustainable for the applicant to continue and operate
a shop facility in such close proximity to a competitor. The existing
post office can potentially be relocated to a nearby shop."
final decision on the plans rests with Sedgemoor District Council
which is expected to make its decision soon. The Planning Application
number is 05/17/0017.