Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 10th March 2021 via video conferencing

Present: Cllr Andy Brewer (Chairman), Cllrs Peter Clayton, Nick Tolley, Louise Parkin, Bill Hancock, Sue Harvey with Lorna Williams (Deputy Clerk) in attendance.

No members of the public were present.

Public Participation

There were no speakers.

23/21/PC       Apologies

                        None received

                        Cllr Groves was not present                      

24/21/PC       Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

                        There were none

25/21/PC       Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday 17th February 2021 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

26/21/PC       Planning Applications considered


Location:Twenty Two Services Limited, Bennett Road, Highbridge, TA9 4PW
Proposal:Hybrid (full and outline) application. Full application for the change of use of Office Units 5, 6 and 7 to flexible use comprising Use Classes E, B1, B2 and B8, with parking and bin store area. Outline application for the erection of a building for Class E and sui generis use including retail showroom space for automotive related use.
Case Officer:Dawn de Vries
Applicant:Twenty-Two Services Limited

The meeting was pleased to see that there was plenty of provision for parking. They agreed with the application to split the unit into three smaller units as there was demand as small business start-ups. Members noted there was a narrow footpath to the North of the site which provided safe pedestrian access into central Highbridge but the path was very muddy. A suggestion was made to upgrade it under a Section 106.

Comment:    Support on the grounds of improved commercial provision and additional employment.The Council would like to request that a Section 106 could be attached to the application for the upgrade of the footpath that runs along the boundary of the site.


Location:Asda, Caxton Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3BX
Proposal:Removal of Condition 14 of Planning Permission 11/15/00080 (Variation of condition 25 of Planning Permission 11/04/00190 to read “There shall be no service deliveries on the site after 21.00 hours or before 05.00 hours Mondays to Saturdays; or after 17.00 hours or before 09.00 on a Sunday.” to allow deliveries at 5am, Monday to Saturday on a permanent basis.) to allow deliveries at 5am, Monday to Saturday, on a permanent basis.
Case Officer:Mitch Kitts
Applicant:ASDA Stores Limited

Comment:    Object to the proposed changeson grounds that the original conditions of service delivery times were put on the site application to protect the amenity of local residents.


Location:Land To The North East Of, Bennett Road, Highbridge
Proposal:Erection of a storage or distribution and/or a light industrial unit with ancillary trade counter and associated parking.
Case Officer:Dawn de Vries
Applicant:Isleport Business Park

The meeting was disappointed that the site would no longer have a food outlet but recognised that application was a good facility to have on the Industrial Estate.

Comment: No Observations

Cllr Clayton left the meeting due to a loss of internet connection


Location:Isleport Business Park, Bennett Road, Highbridge, TA9 4PW
Proposal:Construction of a pedestrian crossing with dropped kerbs and central refuge island to link Yeo Valleys Distribution Centre with offices at Acorn House.
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Yeo Valley Properties Ltd

There was currently a lack of double yellow lines on Bennett Road so allowing lorries to park which hindered visibility for pedestrians trying to cross the road.

Comment: Support on the grounds of Highway safety and would like to suggest that it was considered as part of an integrated scheme of safe pedestrian routes into Highbridge linking the Isleport Lane housing development.


Location:Burnham On Sea Memorial Hospital, 6 Love Lane, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1ED
Proposal:Formation of day room polycarbonate conservatory roof to be replaced with a metal profile tiled roof.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Comment: Support on grounds of improved visual amenity as in keeping with the original building and will provide an improved building facility.


Location:29 St Johns Road, Burnham On Sea, TA8 2AX
Proposal:Erection of a single storey rear (North) extension
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr & Mrs Neilson

Comment: No Observations

Cllr Clayton re-joined the meeting. Cllr Tolley left the meeting due to a prior engagement


Location:43 High Street, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1PB
Proposal:Application for the Prior Approval of the proposed partial change of use of part of Shop (Use Class A1) to No. 2 residential units and associated works.
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Bastins 2012 Ltd

Comment: Support on the grounds of maintaining financial viability of existing business and providing needed additional residential accommodation in a Town Centre location. The Council was pleased to see that the plans had been altered taking into account councillors’ previous objections regarding flood risk on the ground floor.

27/21/PC       Applications considered under delegated authority

                                There were no applications

Correspondence from the Clerk

28/21/PC       To Note Email correspondence re: Covid Safety issues Burnham-on-Sea Farmers Market

                        The meeting NOTED the correspondence

29/21/PC       To consider pre e-consultation letter and plans for Proposed 5G Telecommunications Installation on Marine Drive from Hutchison 3G UK Limited

The meeting thought that the proposed location would be detrimental to the visual amenity of the Apex Park entrance. The meeting proposed an alternative location adjacent to the Fire Station training tower, which would be far enough away from residential properties so as not to cause a noise nuisance.

The Clerk was asked to submit the council’s comments made above in response to the pre e-consultation.

30/21/PC       Date of Next meeting

It was noted that the next meeting of this committee will be held on Wednesday 31st March. 2021 at 7pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8:13pm

Records Retention Schedule

Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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