Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council


6th January 2021 – Planning Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 6th January 2021 via video conferencing

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

One member of the press was in attendance.

Public Participation

There were no speakers.

01/21/PC       Apologies

                        Cllr. Nick Tolley

                        Cllr. Helen Groves was not present

02/21/PC       Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

Cllr. Brewer declared an interest in application 11/20/152 – Burnham Holiday Village and would leave the meeting when discussed.

03/21/PC       Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on Monday 14th December 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

04/21/PC       Planning Applications considered


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:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:S. Begum

Comment:    No observations

Cllr. Hancock joined the meeting


Location:Land To The North East Of, Bennett Road, Highbridge
Proposal:Erection of 3 no. internally illuminated fascia signs and 11 no. internally illuminated signs.
Case Officer:Dawn de Vries
Applicant:c/o agent

Comment:    No Observations


Location:44A Stoddens Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2DA
Proposal:Erection of a two storey extension to the rear (West) elevation and the erection of a single storey extension to the side (South) elevation.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mrs Colls
Comment:    No Observations


Location:36 Lakeside, Bristol Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4EX
Proposal:Installation of a balcony on the North elevation of the second floor.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr K Davidson
Comment:    No Observations


Location:33 Victoria Street, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1AN
Proposal:Change of use from former bank (Class E) to hot food takeaway (sui generis), installation of extract and ventilation equipment, and minor external alterations.
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland Ltd
The meeting had differing views regarding this application. Some thought it was good to have a well-known national company coming to the town whilst other members thought it may hit the viability of existing small independent food outlets and thought it was out of character of the town. All were pleased that the application would bring an empty building back into use. There was a thorough discussion regarding the opening time of 3am requested on the application.

Cllr Clayton proposed that the meeting should object to the 3am opening time and proposed that it should be until 1am in-line with existing takeaways.

Cllr Harvey proposed an amendment that the opening time should be until 12am. A vote was taken on the amendment on which there was no agreement.  It was agreed that the first proposal of 1am would be requested on the observation.

Comment:    Support on the grounds that the application would provide additional local employment and improve the amenity and viability of the local area subject to a change in the requested opening hours from 3am to 1am as this would be more in line with comparable establishments within the town. There must be consideration for the residents that will be living in the newly built retirement flats within 200 meters of this takeaway.

Members were very pleased that an empty business property was being brought back into use however they had concerns that the proposed new door was out of character with the rest of the building. The design and style is contrary to the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan CB2.

Cllr Brewer left the meeting


Location:Burnham Holiday Village, Marine Drive, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LA
Proposal:Installation of arrivals lodge with associated infrastructure and ancillary landscaping works.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Haven Leisure Limited
Comment:    No observations

05/21/PC       Applications considered under delegated authority


06/21/PC       New premises licence at Fireaway, 13 College Street, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1AR

The meeting had no observations to make on this application other than on the application form under operating schedule the licence start date had been filled in as 04 January 2020.

07/21/PC       Correspondence from the Clerk

The Clerk informed the meeting that application 11/20/045 – 150 Berrow Road. Burnham-on-Sea for the approval of the details of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 8 dwellings on site of existing outbuilding was on the Agenda at Development Committee on the 12th January.

The Clerk was asked to contact the representative of the Residents group to let them know this information as they may wish to register to speak at the meeting.

A legal notice had been placed in the Bridgwater Mercury on Tuesday 6th January 2021 regarding the replacement of the existing 18mtrs loading bay in Regent St. to limited waiting of 1 hr parking and the replacement of existing limited waiting of 1 hr parking with a new 18mtrs loading bay.

08/21/PC       Date of Next meeting

It was noted that the next meeting of this committee will be held on Wednesday 27th January 2021 at 7pm         

The Chairman closed the meeting at 7:42pm

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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