Anger over cul-de-sac demolition

RESIDENTS in Burnham are furious that a road could soon be linked up to their quiet cul-de-sac. A developer has applied for planning permission to build houses on a piece of land backing onto Links Gardens, off Berrow Road. The developers want to demolish

RESIDENTS in Burnham are furious that a road could soon be linked up to their quiet cul-de-sac.A developer has applied for planning permission to build houses on a piece of land backing onto Links Gardens, off Berrow Road.The developers want to demolish a bungalow in the cul-de-sac and build an access road through to the new houses.The plans will be discussed at a Sedgemoor District Council development control committee on Tuesday and have been recommended for approval by officers.Residents say the new road would create chaos for them and they would rather vehicles share access with another proposed development nearby.An outline planning application for houses on a site at 181 Berrow Road was granted permission, subject to conditions, earlier this month and Links Gardens residents want the two developments to share access through Naish Road.Spokesman for the residents, Jayson Lillington, who lives in Links Gardens, said: "This is a residential area and the vast majority of people around here are concerned things will be disrupted by a large development."It will mean added traffic and disruption while it is being built. I think most people accept the site will be developed but they would rather access was gained from Naish Road."The town council has also objected to the plans. It said the proposed access is unacceptable and the demolition of one half of a pair of semi-detached houses will have a detrimental effect on the remaining property. Paul Smith, of APT Design, the agent acting on behalf of Martin Bramble Developments, said: "We have obviously consulted the county council's highways department on the best form of access to the site."Because Martin Bramble owns number 63 Links Gardens it is a possible way of getting onto the land."Extra traffic is inevitable but we would always consult the highways department which looks at traffic issues.


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