Retirement apartments scheme in Victoria Road rejected for third time (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Retirement apartments scheme in Victoria Road rejected for third time
A DEVELOPER hoping to build two large retirement blocks in the centre of Burnham has been turned down for a third time.
London-based Abracore wanted to build two four-storey blocks, containing 35 apartments, on the site of the former Tucker's Garage in Victoria Street, which was knocked down in 2007.
However, at last week's Sedgemoor District Council development committee meeting, the plans were thrown out, with no councillors voting in favour.
The committee ruled that: “The proposed buildings will be incongruous and alien in this location and will not respect the character of the adjoining conservation area which is overwhelmingly Victorian in nature and character”.
The committee also raised concern about a lack of parking spaces - 19 were proposed by Abracore.
Parishioners at St Andrew's Church in Burnham had raised concerns about parking when a similar scheme was submitted by Abracore earlier this year - it was rejected by district planners in July.
Bruce Poole, churchwarden, said those concerns had not been properly addressed.
In a letter to Sedgemoor planners, he wrote: “As with previous planning applications at this location, St Andrew's Parochial Church Council strongly objects to the dearth of parking spaces in relation to the proposed number of dwellings being contemplated.
“St Andrew's Church Hall adjoins this site and is unmanned 24/7 and what the PCC fears is the potential use of this car park by those residents of the location site, who many not be able to source a parking space within the curtilage of the development.”
The Henry Mein Partnership, the agents for Abracore, had said in supporting documents for the plans: “The local area has a need for retirement housing and during the meetings with the local authority it has been agreed that this style of development and eventual residential use would be welcomed in Burnham.”
An earlier version of the scheme, which included, two, three-storey buildings containing 27 flats, was rejected in 2011.
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