Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

21st April 2021 Planning Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 21st April 2021 via video conferencing

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

One member of the public was present and one member of the Press

Cllr Groves left the meeting due to a misunderstanding by staff regarding regulations for use of video links.

Public Participation

There were no speakers.

42/21/PC       Apologies

                        Cllrs Peter Clayton

43/21/PC       Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

Cllr Sue Harvey declared an interest on application 11/21/009 and would leave the meeting.

44/21/PC       Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday 21st March 2021 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

                        Cllr Hancock left the meeting

45/21/PC       Presentation from Andre Doyle and three other officers from Somerset County Council:

Regarding the delivery of a series of improvement schemes on a stretch of the A38 which runs from the Edithmead Roundabout at Junction 22 of the M5 in Sedgemoor to the South Bristol Link.

The improvements were to address issues relating to congestion and to better connect communities by active travel modes, by improving road safety and minimising environmental impacts.

The main interest from the meeting was the alterations and improvements to the Edithmead roundabout. These included the widening of and extra provision of lanes, from both Burnham and Highbridge.

For more information on the proposed scheme go to www.a38mrn-engagement.com

Cllr Sue Harvey left the meeting

46/21/PC       Planning Applications considered


Location:76 Berrow Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2EZ
Proposal:Change of use of a dwelling to 6 no. bedroom residential care home.
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Mr Major

The meeting was encouraged to see an increase in parking spaces from two to ten.

Comment: Support in principle, however there was concern over the lack of individual bathroom facilities, 1no. bathroom for 5 bedrooms seems inadequate, would prefer to see rooms with an en-suite facility.

Cllr Sue Harvey re-joined the meeting


Location:2 Saxondale Avenue, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PR
Proposal:Formation of new access and erection of garage, with external works
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr & Mrs Osborn

Comment: Support on the grounds of improved road safety.


Location:Electronic Communications Apparatus, Marine Drive, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8
Proposal:Proposed installation of a 15 metre-high monopole supporting 6 no. antennas and 2 no. transmission dishes, 4 no. equipment cabinets and development works ancillary thereto.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Hutchison 3G UK Ltd

The applicants appeared to have partially taken the views of the Town Council in account and have reduced the height of the mast from 20m to 15m, but have not explained why they did not consider the suggested alternative site beside the Fire Station practice tower, other than commenting it was too close to housing. The meeting agreed with all of the Parks and Open Spaces comments and wished to echo their response.

Policy S3 only addresses infrastructure delivery – there is heightened concern over the lack of SDC providing a Telecoms Policy and the Town Council would request that this is addressed.

Comment: Object on the grounds that the proposal for a 15m phone mast would be detrimental to the visual appearance of our award winning wildlife and leisure park.  The new ancillary equipment such as cabinets, dishes and antennas, all add to a negative visual impact.

We would implore that mitigation measures were put in place e.g the pole was painted green, planting of shrubs around the cabinets to minimise the visual impact and that shrubs are maintained at the company’s expense.


Location:14 Braithwaite Place, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PJ
Proposal:Application to determine if prior approval is required for the erection of a single storey rear (East) extension extending 5.5m from the rear elevation
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Mr & Mrs Jinks

There was no requirement for the Town Council to be consulted on this application.


Location:Little Newton, 137B Berrow Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PN
Proposal:T1 Copper Beech – Crown lift over public highway to give 6m clearance from ground level. T2 Birch Tree – Fell and replace with Himalayan Birch.
Case Officer:Janette Burton
Applicant:Mr P Madden

Comment: No observations


Location:81A Church Street, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3HS
Proposal:Yew (T1) – Raise branches over road to 5.2m. Common Lime (T3) – Reduce crown by 3m to suitable secondary branches.
Case Officer:Janette Burton
Applicant:Diocese of Bath & Wells

Comment: No observations

47/21/PC       Applications considered under delegated authority

                        Business & Planning Act 2020

Application for a New Pavement Licence

Premises address: The Globe Inn 17 Newtown Road Highbridge


The Chairman in consultation with the Deputy Clerk considered the application under delegated authority.

The response sent to Licencing:

The Town Council objects to the application as proposed.

  • They would like to see the area clearly defined as front outdoor space, keeping a distance from the adjoining property – a table appears to be sited just to the right of a neighbours front door.
  • There are concerns over the excessive number of tables that can be positioned safely to allow a socially distanced gap between each table
  • 30 people also seems excessive in this space. So clear measurements of the space and tables is required.
  • The proposed operating hours of 11am to 11pm would be detrimental to the amenity of local residents due to noise, we believe that 9pm would be acceptable time.

However, if the application was for a more limited number of tables and people and a semi-permanent barrier installed to define the width e.g. Planters, this would make the application acceptable to the Town Council.

                        Correspondence from the Clerk

48/21/PC       To note the proposed public path diversion order of Footpath:

AX 32/33 in the Parish of Burnham and Highbridge

The meeting requested that the Deputy Clerk to responded to Sedgemoor, asking that the existing footpath should be kept open and maintained whilst the formation of the new route was created.

49/21/PC       To receive notification of the Burnham-on-Sea Farmers Market Road Closures for 2021: 30th April, 28th May, 25th June, 30th July, 27th August, 24th September  

                            The meeting NOTED the dates of the Farmers Market road closures.


50/21/PC       To consider the consultation – Draft Self-Build and Custom Build Homes Supplementary Planning Document            

The meeting agreed that the Self Build document should be kept on file as it would be a useful document to refer to if future applications were submitted.

51/21/PC       Date of Next meeting

It was noted that the next meeting of this committee will be held on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 7pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 20.13hrs

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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