Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council


14th December 2020 Planning Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 14th December 2020 via video conferencing

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

3 members of the public and 1 member of the press were present.

Public Participation

94/20/PC       Apologies

Cllr Parkin

Cllr Groves was not present


95/20/PC       Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

                        Cllr Harvey declared an interest in application 11/20/139

96/20/PC       Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday 18th November 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

97/20/PC       Planning Applications considered

A member of the public spoke on behalf of the developer asking the meeting to consider changing their original objections to application 11/20/045 with regards to the style and design which he now felt were compatible with the existing neighbouring properties. He went onto say that style and appearance can be subjective.

A member of the public spoke on behalf of local residents on application 11/20/045 asking the meeting to continue to object to the application. It was felt that there was not enough fundamental change to the layout, overlooking was still an issue and the loss of visual amenity.


Location:150 Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PN
Proposal:Approval of the details of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 8 dwellings on site of existing outbuilding (to be demolished).
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:ALMS (Homes) Limited

Members recognised that a number of changes had been made to the application that the committee had previously highlighted as concerns for example moving plots away from adjacent properties. Support was given to the planting scheme and root protection and members were pleased to see that an order was to be issued before the development commenced to protect the Public Right of Way.

 A significant number of residents had written to the Town Council with objections to this development and the meeting felt that these residents should be given the opportunity to take their concerns to the Planning Authority at Development Control Committee.

Comment:    To maintainthe Town Council’s previous objections to this application:

That although the developers had tried to address some of the objections by slightly reducing the ridge heights, ground levels and no side windows to plots 6,7 & 8 and removing the balcony on plot 1 and the position of plot 8, the style and character was still out of keeping with surrounding properties and the height and elevations were still significantly above adjacent properties.


Location:3 Gore Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2HL
Proposal:Demolition of existing single storey extension and erection of a dwelling with the formation of new vehicular access.
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Mr D Channon

An agent spoke on application 11/20/134 asking the meeting to support the application. The site already has permission for a dwelling to be built but there have been a few alterations to the original application; the whole of the property will be built with brick, the design fits in with the various styles within the street scene.

Comment: No Observations


Location:Twenty Two Services Limited, Bennett Road, Highbridge, TA9 4PW
Proposal:Erection of a commercial building.
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Twenty Two Services Ltd

Comment:    Support on grounds that the application would provide additional employment and the design of the building was in keeping with the surrounding units. The support is subject to a favourable outcome of the Ecologists report regarding the protection of the Great Crested Newt and to consider the close proximity of the rhyne, as it appears on the plans to be very close to the building and access by the Drainage Board would be required for the clearing.


Location:Land To The West Of, Brent Knoll Animal Centre, Brent Road, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9
Proposal:Continued use of land for combined agricultural and equestrian uses. Retention of stables, steel storage container, feed store and ménage (completed). Retention of agricultural feed and machinery store (under construction).
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Miss H Waycott

Comment:    Support on grounds that the application would provide improved commercial amenity subject to the approved Ecologists report regarding the protection of bats.


Location:38 College Street, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1AT
Proposal:Erection of a single storey rear extension, on site of existing (to be demolished).
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mrs Beard

Comment:    No Observations


Location:Land To The North East Of, Bennett Road, Highbridge
Proposal:Approval of reserved matters, for the details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale relating to Units 3A and 3B for a fast food take away and coffee shop with drive-thru facility.
Case Officer:Dawn de Vries
Applicant:M Kennedy

Comment:    No Observations

Cllr Tolley left the meeting


Location:17 Mallard Place, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3HE
Proposal:Erection of a single storey extension to the rear () elevation.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr Bishop

Comment:    No Observations


Location:11A Brightstowe Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2HW
Proposal:Erection of 2no. low energy sustainable dwellings and formation of new access and parking.
Case Officer:Dawn de Vries
Applicant:Mr T Came

There appeared to be very little change to the application considered previously therefore it was agreed to maintain the Town Councils previous comments.

Comment:    Members Objected on the grounds that that the design would have a detrimental effect on the visual amenity and street scene. Having two properties built in such a small space albeit partially underground, represents an overdevelopment of the site. There was concern over flood risk as that the bedrooms were on the lower ground floor.


Location:101 Stoddens Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2DD
Proposal:Erection of a single storey rear extension.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr Murray

Comment:    No Observations


Location:6 Osborne Walk, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1QG
Proposal:Erection of a garden room.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr J Garlick

Comment:    No Observations

Cllr Harvey left the meeting


Location:14 The Grove, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PA
Proposal:Renovation of existing annex including new access to front elevation, rebuilding of existing single storey side extension and installation of new doors to kitchen.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mrs Milner Simonds

Comment:    No Observations

Cllr Harvey re-joined the meeting


Location:4 Morland Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3ET
Proposal:Erection of two storey and part single storey extensions to side and rear elevations.
Case Officer:Not Known
Applicant:S. Begum

The meeting agreed to defer the consideration on this application until the next meeting on 6th Jan as comments didn’t have to be in until 19th January. This would allow local residents and neighbours the opportunity to respond.


Location:20 Ashley Avenue, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LH
Proposal:Installation of dormer window to rear (South) elevation to accommodate loft conversion
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr & Mrs Taylor

Comment:    No Observations


Location:17 St Pauls Road, Burnham On Sea, TA8 2BH
Proposal:Application for the prior approval of the proposed erection of a single storey extension, extending 3.8m from the rear (North) elevation.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr R Fountain

Comment:    No Observations

98/20/PC       To consider under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990, proposed Public Path Diversion Order of Footpath AX 32/24 and AX 32/23 Land at Highbridge Caravan Centre, in the Parish of Burnham and Highbridge

The meeting discussed the Public Path Diversion Order and were very pleased to see that the diversion improved pedestrian safety by diverting it away from the caravan centre’s workshop and car parking area.

99/20/PC       Applications considered under delegated authority


100/20/PC     Correspondence from the Clerk


101/20/PC     Date of Next meeting

It was noted that the next meeting of this committee will be held on Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 7pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 20:10

Records Retention Schedule

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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. 

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