'Legoland' sports hall given green light by district council

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 May 2018

The sports hall design at the former Highbridge Hotel.

The sports hall design at the former Highbridge Hotel.

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Controversial plans to build a 'Legoland' sports hall at the site of a derelict hotel have been approved.

Sedgemoor District Council has given the green light for YMCA Somerset Coast to develop part of Highbridge Hotel, in Huntspill Road, into a sports hall for youths.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council objected the revised plans after saying it ‘looked like something out of Legoland’.

At the meeting last month, Cllr Nick Tolley said: “The front of the building looks great but the sports hall at the rear is hideous.”

The site will also include 23 homes for 16-25 year olds, meeting rooms and a café.

The YMCA must now submit a ‘detailed schedule’ of the ‘external finishes’ to the district council before construction can begin.

The grade-II listed building has remained untouched since it was hit by a devastating fire in 2008.

To view the plans, visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk

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