New 27-acre site proposed for Ramblers in Burnham West

The new proposed idea for Burnham West (yet to go ahead as a planning application)

The new proposed idea for Burnham West (yet to go ahead as a planning application)

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A Burnham football club could move to a new 27-acre site with space for an academy training centre if a 300-home development goes ahead.

Developer Pigeon hopes to provide a club house, car park, enclosed football stadium, full-size pitch and mini football pitches in the west of Burnham, in order for Burnham Ramblers to relocate.

The club has been hoping to move into a new site with extra facilities since March 2012, but was thwarted when only 180 homes were allocated for the west of the town in the district’s draft Local Development Plan.

The developer, who had hoped to build 450 homes there, then had to go back to the drawing board.

As part of its new draft proposals for 300 homes, the developer also hopes to build a medical centre, shops, a nursery and a primary school, potentially creating a number of new jobs.

Shaun Pugh, secretary for Burnham Ramblers, said: “We were involved in the plans for 450 houses but that was always going to be a tough ask for it all in one site.

“Then when they split it into 180 sites, that meant that the Ramblers were left out in the cold.

“Having 300 houses in Burnham West is great news for us."

See this week's MBS for the full story.

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10:14am Thu 23 Jan 14

Opsiomath says...

The LDP clearly calls for a maximum of 180 houses on this site (still too many)

Pigeon and their controversial partner, serial developer and builder John Harding just don’t listen

Ramblers already have a mega 10 acre 4 pitch complex finished only a few years ago in 2005 and has been progressively improved since. It’s the envy of many teams in higher divisions. To demolish this and build a brand new set of facilities 3 times bigger than their presently under utilised facilities seems totally unsustainable

When they sold up their Wick Road ground for development to finance their move to their current ground, they made similar extravagant promises about how they wanted to develop the club. Only a few short months ago Ramblers petulantly threatened to move out of the town if the Council didn't agree to their demands

Strikes me that Ramblers have become a land speculation business with a small football club attached
The LDP clearly calls for a maximum of 180 houses on this site (still too many) Pigeon and their controversial partner, serial developer and builder John Harding just don’t listen Ramblers already have a mega 10 acre 4 pitch complex finished only a few years ago in 2005 and has been progressively improved since. It’s the envy of many teams in higher divisions. To demolish this and build a brand new set of facilities 3 times bigger than their presently under utilised facilities seems totally unsustainable When they sold up their Wick Road ground for development to finance their move to their current ground, they made similar extravagant promises about how they wanted to develop the club. Only a few short months ago Ramblers petulantly threatened to move out of the town if the Council didn't agree to their demands Strikes me that Ramblers have become a land speculation business with a small football club attached Opsiomath
  • Score: 8

10:33am Thu 23 Jan 14

El Presendente says...

“ Shaun Pugh, secretary for Burnham Ramblers, said: “Having 300 houses in Burnham West is great news for us."

But no so great news for the existing home owners, and just goes to show that once again Pigeon has done the hard sell on the Ramblers management at the expense of everyone else who lives/works in Burnham.

I'm beginning to wonder if it's a case of arrogance or ignorance, possibly a bit of both by Pigeon & The Ramblers? Indeed, does a small town like Burnham warrant 7 football pitches, when their have been recent calls to improve the existing sporting facility's plus interest in a swimming pool, both of which would be far more beneficial to “everyone” young & old not just those who what to kick a ball around a field.

The areas on the map allocated to employment and the community just go to show that the bulk of this development is about homes/profit for all those concerned as everything on that proposed plan already exists.

The whole project is a huge one, far to grandiose for the likes of a small Town like Burnham which (lets not forget) is located at the end of a road that's isn't really suitable for the current volume of traffic that uses it.

Isn't tit about time our elected councillors stand-up to this proposal or stand down so someone else who cares about the uniqueness of Burnham can fight this development.
“ Shaun Pugh, secretary for Burnham Ramblers, said: “Having 300 houses in Burnham West is great news for us." But no so great news for the existing home owners, and just goes to show that once again Pigeon has done the hard sell on the Ramblers management at the expense of everyone else who lives/works in Burnham. I'm beginning to wonder if it's a case of arrogance or ignorance, possibly a bit of both by Pigeon & The Ramblers? Indeed, does a small town like Burnham warrant 7 football pitches, when their have been recent calls to improve the existing sporting facility's plus interest in a swimming pool, both of which would be far more beneficial to “everyone” young & old not just those who what to kick a ball around a field. The areas on the map allocated to employment and the community just go to show that the bulk of this development is about homes/profit for all those concerned as everything on that proposed plan already exists. The whole project is a huge one, far to grandiose for the likes of a small Town like Burnham which (lets not forget) is located at the end of a road that's isn't really suitable for the current volume of traffic that uses it. Isn't tit about time our elected councillors stand-up to this proposal or stand down so someone else who cares about the uniqueness of Burnham can fight this development. El Presendente
  • Score: 9

10:52am Thu 23 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

win win situation - we need more homes in Burnham and with the extra football pitches for the people to use it seems great.
win win situation - we need more homes in Burnham and with the extra football pitches for the people to use it seems great. Jack222
  • Score: -9

1:16pm Thu 23 Jan 14

e5mitch says...

As part of its new draft proposals for 300 homes, the developer also
'HOPES to build a medical centre, shops, a nursery and a primary school, POTENTIALLY creating a number of jobs'

'Hopes & potentially'......do
n't hold your breath!!
As part of its new draft proposals for 300 homes, the developer also 'HOPES to build a medical centre, shops, a nursery and a primary school, POTENTIALLY creating a number of jobs' 'Hopes & potentially'......do n't hold your breath!! e5mitch
  • Score: 7

2:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

ballroombelle says...

Jack222 wrote:
win win situation - we need more homes in Burnham and with the extra football pitches for the people to use it seems great.
As a regular browser of Rightmove, there are always around 80 to 100 properties for sale in Burnham so why do we need so many more? Will a large proportion of the new houses be 'affordable', which is what seems to be in short supply. I doubt it somehow as the profits for 3 or 4 bedroomed detached houses far outweigh building rows of terraced first-time-buyer properties.

Will the roads into town be improved as without a source of employment within Burnham it would mean that people moving into the area would be commuting out of the town which is highly unsustainable. There are other sports facilities that would be far more useful to the whole community such as a swimming pool as already suggested.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: win win situation - we need more homes in Burnham and with the extra football pitches for the people to use it seems great.[/p][/quote]As a regular browser of Rightmove, there are always around 80 to 100 properties for sale in Burnham so why do we need so many more? Will a large proportion of the new houses be 'affordable', which is what seems to be in short supply. I doubt it somehow as the profits for 3 or 4 bedroomed detached houses far outweigh building rows of terraced first-time-buyer properties. Will the roads into town be improved as without a source of employment within Burnham it would mean that people moving into the area would be commuting out of the town which is highly unsustainable. There are other sports facilities that would be far more useful to the whole community such as a swimming pool as already suggested. ballroombelle
  • Score: 6

1:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

John Whittingdale says...

Its just like a good game of tennis... BACKHANDERS eveywhere..
Its just like a good game of tennis... BACKHANDERS eveywhere.. John Whittingdale
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Cave42 says...

Among his attempts to justify this development, Mr Pugh says that the Ramblers site 'is quite old and dilapidated'. Odd then, that there was an article in the sports section of the previous week's paper entitled ''Ramblers' facilities are some of the best' (January 16, page 46). The author of that article heaps praise upon the site including comments that the set up is more than a match for most clubs in the league, that the people in Burnham should be proud of everything and that they are 'right up there' with their facilities'!

Mr Pugh also states that 'having 300 houses in Burnham is great news for us'. I'm not sure why it is good news for the Ramblers but it is certainly not good news for the residents who fought against the original plans for 450 houses and still consider the 180 in the latest LDP to be too much for this site.

As for the comments that the developer also 'hopes' to build a medical centre etc 'potentially' creating a number of new jobs - these are weasel words which mean nothing.
Among his attempts to justify this development, Mr Pugh says that the Ramblers site 'is quite old and dilapidated'. Odd then, that there was an article in the sports section of the previous week's paper entitled ''Ramblers' facilities are some of the best' (January 16, page 46). The author of that article heaps praise upon the site including comments that the set up is more than a match for most clubs in the league, that the people in Burnham should be proud of everything and that they are 'right up there' with their facilities'! Mr Pugh also states that 'having 300 houses in Burnham is great news for us'. I'm not sure why it is good news for the Ramblers but it is certainly not good news for the residents who fought against the original plans for 450 houses and still consider the 180 in the latest LDP to be too much for this site. As for the comments that the developer also 'hopes' to build a medical centre etc 'potentially' creating a number of new jobs - these are weasel words which mean nothing. Cave42
  • Score: 2

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