rejected for new house next to Burnham-On-Sea crash blackspot
for a new home to be built close to an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea
have this week been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council.
councillors and nearby residents had voiced concerns over the plans
for a four-bedroom property with a garage and new driveway at 25
home's proposed access drive would have come out on the approach
to the bend in Stoddens Road, pictured above, a well-known
accident blackspot where there have been many crashes over the years.
plans were considered at a meeting of Burnham and Highbridge Town
Council's Planning Applications Committee last month where town
councillors unanimously objected against the scheme.
Sedgemoor District Council's planning department has reviewed the
feedback and this week rejected the plans.
district council says: "The proposed access is insufficient
to allow safe access and egress from the Highway and due to the
proximity of the access to the bend in the road and the evidence
of recent collisions within proximity of this access, the development
would result in an intensification of a substandard access impacting
on highway safety."
council adds: "The size, scale and siting of the proposed dwelling,
due to the proximity of the proposed dwelling to the boundaries,
will result in insufficient amenity for the proposed and host dwelling,
overdevelopment of the plot. It would be an over dominant development
in relation to Stoddens Road, appearing out of keeping and the character
of the surrounding area."
information from the applicant around the flood risk assessment"
has also been cited as a further reason for the council's refusal.
Peter Clayton, pictured in the road, said he too has
a number of concerns, having previously led a project
to improve road safety on the Stoddens Road bend.
strongly object - this application would negate all the hard-work
we have done on working to improve the road over the last few years,"
have been 20 accidents recorded on the road and it would be totally
out of character with other properties in the area."
Louise Parkin said the junction is a well-known "accident blackspot"
and added: "It is an overdevelopment, the houses in Rectory
Road are huge and I don't think you can diminish that. It would
set a dangerous precedent to give approval here - in no time many
other properties could want to do the same."
Andy Brewer said that highway safety would be a concern, adding
that many other local residents had submitted letters of objection.
Smith, who spoke on behalf of her parents who live nearby, said
at the recent council meeting that the couple "strongly object"
to the plans. She said the home would be an 'overdevelopment' of
the site, would add to the danger for motorists in Stoddens Road,
and would affect their privacy.
Nick Tolley told the meeting: "Access at the corner of Rectory
Road and Stoddens Road is an accident waiting to happen."