18th December 2019 Planning Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 7pm in the Council Chamber, The Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road, Burnham-on-Sea.

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

No members of the public, and 1 member of the press were in attendance.

Public Participation

There was no-one registered to speak

76/19/PC       Apologies for non-attendance

                        CllrsRich Gardiner-White and Louise Parkin

                        Cllr Helen Groves was not present

77/19/PC       Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

Cllr Brewer on application 11/19/123 as he is a neighbour to the application site.

78/19/PC       Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Planning Committee held on 18th November 2019 were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record

79/19/PC       Planning Applications considered:

11/19/103      Location: 12 Church Street, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3AF

Proposal: Change of use and extension of existing garage to form a dwelling.

Case Officer: Liam Evans

Applicant: Mr Wynn

Comment:    Members Objected on the grounds that there was an overdevelopment as there was loss of parking provision for an adjacent property.

11/19/117      Location: 21 Rectory Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2BZ

Proposal: Formation of new vehicular access, driveway and entrance gate

Case Officer: Amelia Elvé

Applicant: Mr Brown

Comment:    No Observations

11/19/118      Location: 31 Saxondale Avenue, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PR

Proposal: Erection of a single storey extension to side (West) elevation. Formation of opening to front (North) elevation and erection of porch.

Case Officer: Amelia Elvé

Applicant: Mr Coombe

Comment:    No Observations

11/19/119      Location: 35 Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2EZ

Proposal: Erection of single storey extension to rear (West) elevation on site of existing conservatory (to be demolished).

Case Officer: Shanta Parsons

Applicant: Mr Pusill

Comment:    No Observations

11/19//121     Location: 16 Church Street, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3AF

Proposal: Alterations and change of use of existing shop (A1) to HMO (C4).

Case Officer: Shanta Parsons

Applicant: Mr Regan-Jones

Comment:    Members objected to the application on the grounds as it was not in accordance of the Town Councils adopted Neighbourhood Plan, as this area of Church Street is deemed part of the retail centre of Highbridge and was an overdevelopment with the loss of ground floor retail space could not support this application.

However, the council would support this application if the application retained the partial retail element and the rest of the building used as an HMO.

11/19/122      Location: 38 Rectory Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2BZ

Proposal: Monterey Cypress (T1) Reduce height by 8m reshaping crown. Remove dead, split and hanging branches. Insert cobra brace at 2/3rd stem height. Monterey Cypress (T2) Remove split, hanging and dead branches.

Case Officer: Janette Burton

Applicant: Ms Berry

Comment:    No Observations

                        Cllr Brewer left the meeting

11/19/123      Location: Burnham Holiday Village, Marine Drive, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LA

Proposal: Fell 2 Grey Poplar (ref G1) Fell 15 black Hybrid Poplar (ref G2) All located within Area (A1)

Case Officer: Janette Burton

Applicant: Devon Tree Services ltd

Comment:    No Observations. Members would like to see the trees being replaced with native trees – possibly Hawthorns

                        Cllr Brewer returned to the meeting

11/19/124      Location: Morland Cooperative, Tanning Drive, Highbridge, TA9 3GL

Proposal: Installation of ATM machine.

Case Officer: Amelia Elvé

Applicant: The Radstock Co-operative Society

Comment:    No Observations

11/19/126      Location: 14 St Christopher’s Way, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2PD

Proposal: Erection of a first floor extension to the rear elevation.

Case Officer: Shanta Parsons

Applicant: Mr & Mrs Sinclair

Comment:    No Observations

80/19/PC       Members NOTED a budget of £1000 for Speed Indicator Devices held in the  Town Improvements Committee budget

81/19/PC       To Note road & footpath closures in Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge

  1. Poples Bow from the junction with Bristol Road, north westwards to the junction with Havage Close, a distance of 610 metres.

This order will enable Somerset Highways to complete patching works.

The Order becomes effective on 06 January 2020 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 5 days (08.00 – 17.00hrs).

  • The footpath opening on Ashley Avenue, south-eastwards to the footpath opening on Sutherland Avenue for a total distance of 60 metres.

This order will enable Wales & West Utilities to carry out new gas connection works.

The Order becomes effective on 06 January 2020 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 5 days.

  • Adam Street from 50m east of the junction with High Street, eastwards for a distance of 50 metres.

This order will enable Utility Services Ltd to carry out poling works on behalf of BT Openreach.

The Order becomes effective on 26 January 2020 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 3 days (09:30-15:30).

  • Temporary Rail crossing Closures of parts of Footpaths AX 32/21 AX 32/24 and AX 9/1

The Order will come into effect on 11 January 2020and will remain in force for six months although the:-

Springfield Road crossing is only likely to be closed from 9pm on 13/1/2020 until 6am on 17/1/2020 and Brunel’s Way crossing is only likely to be closed from 11pm on 11/1/2020 until 7am on 9/2/2020

Burnham Without (Footpath AX 9/1) crossing is only likely to be closed from 9pm on 13/1/2020 until 6am on 17/1/2020

82/19/PC       Members CONSIDERED the removal of three BT payphones in Burnham-on-sea:

The payphone in Princess St. has the Theatre and Library nearby and Pier St. has a Taxis Rank and is well used by residents and tourists, they are in prime positions within the town and so would object to their removal. There are other locations within Burnham-on-Sea where BT payphones are being removed where members have had no objections.

  1. Near 77 Berrow Road – no objections for the removal
  2. Princess Street – Object
  3. Pier Street – Object

83/19/PC       Correspondence from the Clerk

The Deputy Clerk informed members application 11/19/00003 – Land to the East of Isleport Lane, Highbridge had been granted permission subject to Section 106 Agreement to secure the following:

• On -site provision for children’s play space in the form of a LEAP and 6   LAPS

• Financial contribution to upgrade a local play space to a MUGA

• Delivery 2.3Ha of habitat area,

• Delivery of 30% Affordable Housing

• Provision of serviced community centre site and agreed implementation plan

• Provision of a pedestrian path

• Travel Plan

The Deputy Clerk informed members that application 11/19/00097 – 8-8A  High Street had been granted permission subject to a number of conditions to safeguard local residents from noise and disturbance and protect the visual amenity of the neighbours, including restriction of noise levels, suitable filters for extraction fan, limited opening hours.

Members NOTED two applications had been decided under delegated authority:

11-19-010 – object on the grounds that the physical appearance of the ice-cream kiosk is out of character with the existing main building and would therefore as a permanent structure be a detriment to the visual amenity being within the conservation area.

The kiosk is forward of the main building line and therefore if made permanent would be detrimental to the street scene and also set a precedent.

11-19-115 – work to trees, no observations

84/19/PC       Date of the next meeting

Members noted that the next meeting of this committee meeting would be held on Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 7pm The Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road, Burnham-on-Sea.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 20:00

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