plan unveiled to turn Burnham-On-Sea shop into flats
hardware shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre could soon be turned
into a development of flats if a new planning application gets approved.
Hardware in Regent Street formally shut down at the end of 2015
after almost 100 years of business, but has remained partially open
by WE Salway Limited to convert the property into six flats were
turned down last year, as
first reported here, but now the applicant has submitted new
proposals for four flats instead.
planning team rejected last year's schemeciting concerns that it
would "hurt the character and appearance of the Burnham-On-Sea
Conservation Area" and have an "adverse impact on the
viability and vitality of the town centre."
the applicant is seeking full planning permission for a change of
use of the property - from a commercial building to residential
use - in order to create the four new flats.
application is to "convert a large single commercial unit into
two units on the ground floor facing Regents street, and a change
of use from commercial to residential in the remainder of the building."
It also covers the "rebuild of the structure and a small extension
to upper storeys, retaining the front facade."
architects have corresponded with Sedgemoor Distict Council regarding
changes to the design, to address the reasons for refusal of the
District Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council are considering
the application, reference number 11/18/00046, and feedback is being
invited from the public before the deadline of May 29th.
owner Colin Morris previously told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Unfortunately,
the shop has not made a profit for several years and we've made
the decision to call it a day and close down. It's a sad time -
the shop has been running for around 100 years in Burnham."
added that increased competition in Burnham had also hurt trade
in recent years. There are two other hardware stores in Burnham-On-Sea
town centre - Home Hardware in the High Street and Proper Job in