Posted: 12.01.22 at 15:43 by The Editor
Planning news in and around Frome this week:
Asda supermarket in Frome has applied to install a new retail pod. The retailer on Warminster Road, also wants to put in three new illuminated fascia signs and four new panel signs. If it goes ahead the pod will be used by Timpsons, the shoe repair and key cutting company. Details under 2021/2823/ADV .
Planning decisions made by Mendip this week include:
An application to demolish a front extension and build a single storey front extension at 2 Long Ground in Frome, has been approved.
There is no objection to an application to divert footpath FR 10/63 in Mells. The path goes from Mells Green to Little Green.
Approved, details reserved by Condition 6 (provision for recycling & waste containers) and Condition 8 (consolidation & surface of access) on planning consent 2018/0899/OTS for Waterstone House on Horn Street in Nunney.
Also approved a planning application to build a single storey rear extension at 32 Beechwood Avenue in Frome.
Approved, an application to fell a Birch at Highfield on Frome Road in Nunney.
Also approved, an application to fell a Silver Birch and replace it with a more suitable tree at 20 Trinity Street Frome.
An application to demolish a conservatory and outbuildings, and build a single-storey extension and orangery, at College Place, 7 Wallbridge in Frome has been approved.
Meantime news from planners over the other side of the Mendips.
Nearly a dozen new holiday cabins will be built close to the M5 – despite concerns that the noise will be too loud to make them appealing.
The Rookery Manor complex lies just north of the Sedgemoor services between junctions 22 (Highbridge) and 21 (Weston-super-Mare).
While the wedding venue ceased trading in August 2020, owner Ian Clapp continues to operate a number of holiday cabins at the site’s southern edge, with permission for a total of 29 such units being in place.
Sedgemoor District Council has now ruled that a further ten cabins can be constructed on the site – but has warned that its enforcement officers will be keeping a close eye on how the site is being used.
A total of 15 log cabins were constructed on site before the council’s development committee voted to grant permission for a further 14 cabins in October 2020.
Under the latest proposals, six existing cabins will be relocated to allow a further ten units to be constructed at the south-eastern corner of the site, nor far from the northbound carriageway of the motorway.
The site will also be raised significantly to mitigate the existing flood risk.
Councillor Alex Glassford raised concerns about noise levels on the site when the committee met in Bridgwater on Tuesday morning (January 11).
He said: “We had a site visit there a couple of years ago, and the thing that really hit me was the noise of the motorway.
“It was horrendous – if you were sat outside your cabin, you couldn’t hear someone next to you.
“This sounds like it could end up another Diamond caravan site.”
The Diamond Farm Holiday Park lies on the River Axe near Brean at the north-western tip of the Sedgemoor district.
Councillor Bob Filmer – whose Knoll ward includes Rookery Manor – said the council’s enforcement officers would be keeping a close eye on the proposals to “ensure that doesn’t happen”.
After less than half an hour’s debate, the committee voted to approve the plans by a margin of 11 votes to one.
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