Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 20th November 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, Louise Parkin, Bill Hancock, with Lorna Williams (Deputy Clerk) in attendance.

3 members of the public, and 1 member of the press were in attendance.

Public Participation

There was no-one registered to speak

67/19/PC       Apologies for non-attendance

                        CllrsRich Gardiner-White and Sue Harvey

                        Cllr Helen Groves was not present

68/19/PC       Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

                        There were none.

69/19/PC       Approval of Minutes

The Deputy Clerk updated members on their request to receive six monthly reports on how S106 agreements were progressing. The meeting was informed that Development Control produce an update on Major Planning Applications where Section 106 Agreements have been made. The Deputy Clerk will ensure those pertaining to this Town Council will be for noting on the agenda. 

The minutes of the Planning Committee held on 28th October 2019 were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record

70/19/PC       Planning Applications considered:


Proposal: Change of use from class D1 to class A1

Location: Land South Of, Pier Street, Pier Street, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8

Comment:      No observations


Proposal: Rebuilding and repairs to public house/restaurant following fire, to include a new roof, new kitchen ventilation/extraction system in roof space, retention of freezer/refrigeration pod to west elevation, replacement smoking shelter, installation of timber cladding and other associated works.

Location: The Rosewood, Love Lane, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EZ

Comment:      No Observations at this stage although support the re-build. Members would like to see the Environmental Health reports when available as they are concerned that residential properties are close by and could be affected by noise and odours.


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

Location: 12 Church Street, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3AF

                        This application was withdrawn by applicant


Proposal: Installation of an automatic vehicular access barrier, pedestrian gate and security fence.

Location: Land at, Lawrence Close, Isleport Business Park, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9

Comment:      Members supported this application on the grounds that it improves premises security and pedestrian safety.      


Proposal: Display of 1 No. LCD media screen and 3 No. non illuminated flag pole signs.

Location: Tesco Stores Ltd, Ben Travers Way, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EZ

Comment:      Members supported this application on the grounds that it provided improved facilities for residents and tourists and the application was in accord with the Councils Neighbourhood Plan and Corporate Strategy.


Proposal: Subdivide existing property into 2 No. two bedroom dwellings and erection of a single storey extension to side (North East) elevation. Alterations to fenestration and widening of existing shared access.

Location: 30 Highbridge Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LL

Comment:      No observations


Proposal: Display of 2 No. externally illuminated fascia signs to north and east elevations and full colour printed vinyl graphics on windows of north elevation.

Location: Morland Cooperative, Tanning Drive, Highbridge, TA9 3GL

Comment:      No observations, however the application doesn’t mention what times the signs would be lit. Members suggest they should be limited to the shops opening hours to protect residential amenity.


Proposal: Erection of a single extension to the side and rear elevations. Erection of a detached garage.

Location: 42 Steart Close, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1DE

Comment:      No observations


Proposal: Demolition of existing garages. Erection of 2 flats and parking (resubmission).

Location: Brue House, 84 Berrow Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2HJ

Comment:      Members objected to this application on the grounds the layout appears inappropriate for disabled use as the car parking provision is to the north of each flat but the front door and only access is to the south of the property via a narrow path.

The application is an overdevelopment of the site. The un-adopted access lane that serves the property is totally inadequate for further vehicle numbers. The new layout doesn’t show bin storage provision. For the current residents the garages would be a loss of an amenity as it currently provides precious undercover storage space.      


Proposal: Erection of a mono-pitched single storey extension to rear (East) elevation.

Location: 7 West Avenue, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3HB

Comment:      No Observations        


Proposal: Erection of a first floor extension over existing single storey side extension.

Location: 16 Poplar Estate, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3AN

Comment:      No Observations


Proposal: Display of 1 No. post mounted non-illuminated hoarding sign

Location: Car Park, South Esplanade, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1BU

Comment:      No Observations


Proposal: Erection of a single storey extension and a detached garage with carport, on site of existing conservatory and garage to be demolished.

Location: 15 Highburn Close, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LU

Comment:      No Observations        


Proposal: (G1) Fell due to access to drainage ditch and evidence of ash dieback infection. (G2) Fell due to extensive decay and poor condition of lapsed pollards.

Location: Land To The South Of, Brent Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset

Comment:      No Observations


Proposal: Change of use of land and erection of a below-ground surface water pumping station. Formation of new pull-in/layby on the verge to the east of the roundabout connecting Pepperall Road to Wallace Wells Road.

Location: Land to the West of, Pepperall Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9

Comment:    Members supported this application on the grounds that it would reduce existing surface water flooding by improving flood alleviation and was good planning for the future.

71/19/PC       Members NOTED the formal Final Decision Notice and schedule which has been sent to BT Payphones and the Secretary of State, for the removal of BT payphones..

72/19/PC       Members NOTED the decision summary on application 11/19/003 – Land to East of Isleport Lane – Grant Permission subject to conditions

73/19/PC       Members CONSIDERED an application for a Minor Variation of Licence at One Stop, 12B-14 Market St. Highbridge. No comments/observations were made on this application.

74/19/PC       Correspondence from the Clerk

Planning Appeals decided:

11/18/071 – Proposal: Erection of 46 dwellings, formation of access and ancillary works.

Appeal decision: Appeal Dismissed

The Deputy Clerk had learnt of a document that Sedgemoor officers produce that would be useful to local councillors.

Schedule of alleged contraventions for quarter 01/07/2019 to 30/09/2019.

The document was tabled. Members agreed that it was very informative and would be beneficial for all councillors to receive a copy.

The Deputy Clerk was asked to circulate the document to all councillors via e-mail.

The Deputy Clerk informed members that 2 minor applications had been received. Members were in agreement to delegate to the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman applications 11/19/110 – 3 The Esplanade, removal of Condition 3 and 11/19/115 – Highbridge Medical Centre, tree work. This falls within the Terms of reference & Delegation Scheme for this committee.

75/19/PC       Date of the next meeting

Members noted that the next meeting of this committee meeting would be held on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 7pm The Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road, Burnham-on-Sea.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 20:15

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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