Burnham’s Haven holiday park gets green light for new stage, bar and play facilities

A Burnham-On-Sea holiday park this week won the green light to introduce a new entertainment stage, climbing wall, bar and play facilities.

Haven Leisure is looking to modernize its holiday camp center by installing a new outdoor stage by its outdoor swimming pool, along with a mini playground, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, jump tower and a outdoor bar.

At a meeting of Sedgemoor District Council’s Development Committee on Tuesday August 23, councilors approved the two planning applications for the holiday park.

This comes despite concerns expressed by residents living next to the park about the risk of additional noise. They successfully lobbied for several planning conditions to be placed on Haven in an attempt to reduce noise – the stage will only operate from 11am to 8pm, the PA system will be limited and any additional exterior lighting will need to be approved.

According to the agreed proposals, the new bar and games facilities will be installed around the outdoor swimming pool of the holiday park in the center of the site.

The new stage will also be built nearby, allowing children’s shows to be staged and films to be shown on the big screen for tourists to the holiday park.

Michael Wellman, who lives near the park, told Tuesday’s meeting that the plans were not made with Burnham in mind.

He said: “These plans were made as one size fits all. Although these may have worked at other Haven sites, Burnham-On-Sea is surrounded by residential streets.

He added: “It is difficult to suggest that this brings revenue to the city. These parks are designed to keep vacationers on site and not use city facilities.

“You can’t put silencers on people who are screaming and screaming because they’re using this type of setup. This will only increase noise levels. This application can only have a negative impact on local residents. Please don’t sacrifice the quality of life of 400 households for Haven.

Another nearby resident, Gaynor Brown, added: “Haven says we won’t hear any stage noise because the birdsong is too loud. There is no justification of need. The right to peaceful enjoyment of our homes is enshrined in law.

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