Formal objections raised over 'alien' retirement home plans

PUBLISHED: 14:50 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:50 27 June 2014

Burnham beach, which has been troubled by dog fouling.

Burnham beach, which has been troubled by dog fouling.

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AN 'INCONGRUOUS and alien' three-storey retirement block planned for Burnham and currently under appeal has faced further opposition this week.

Members of new residents’ organisation Tucker’s Garage Action Group have submitted letters of objection to the planning inspectorate in a bid to ensure the proposed 35 apartments in Victoria Street, first rejected by Sedgemoor District Council in November, are rejected on appeal.

Councillors originally refused permission for the development due to a lack of parking spaces, their ‘excessive scale’ and ‘alien’ design, with the site partly within a conservation area of predominantly Victorian development.

At the planning meeting in November four letters of objection were received, and group founder Alex Turco said he hoped between 15-20 would be submitted in total to the inspectorate for the appeal.

He said: “We are pleased that we have been able to get a much larger level of objection to the planning inspectorate than last time.

“We all agree the site needs development, it is an eyesore that has lay empty for seven years.

“But it is a very modern design for the conservation area.

“There are also 19 parking spaces proposed, but Sedgemoor District Council stipulates you should have 58 for a development of this size.”

Site owners Abracore have already faced issues with the site prior to their latest application. In 2010, a proposal for 27 sheltered flats was also rejected by Sedgemoor, while outline planning permission for their current plans was turned down last summer.

Mr Tucro said: “If the inspector does say the objection is sound then clearly the developer has a choice - they can put forward another application, or get rid of the site. We are putting together outline ideas in case that happens.

“There is a wish for Burnham to keep it as some commercial development and create a focal point in the north of the town centre.

“A town square or something would be one idea, there is work going on to get plans into a suitable shape.”

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