A VACANT building in Bridgwater town centre could be turned into a retail space and two apartments under new plans.

An application has been made to Somerset Council to see if prior approval would be required for the scheme at 7 Clare Street, near The Avenue and Nutmeg House.

The application says the upper levels would be converted into two residential apartments if the plans are given the go-ahead.

Two rooflights would be added to the second floor to provide more natural light.

The application says: “The property is located within the centre of town and located around 150 metres from the nearest bus stop and also walking distance to the local train station.

“The floor between the commercial and proposed residential dwellings will be sound protected with new insulation installed to comply with current building regulations between floor joists.”

In the last week, separate plans have been submitted to the council that could see an unused area above The Palace Nightclub transformed into a flat.

If the plans are approved, the flat would be occupied by the club's manager.

Sedgemoor planning round-up

The following planning applications were received by Somerset Council between November 7 and November 14, 2023.

For more details and to comment on applications, visit https://www.somerset.gov.uk/planning-buildings-and-land.


02/23/00027: Certificate of lawfulness for the existing agricultural buildings A & B, hard standing and concrete slab. Land to west of St Michaels and to the north of A371, Cheddar Road, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26.

02/23/00028: Erection of a two-storey dwelling with garage and associated works on land to the west of Axbridge Moor Drove, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2BA.

Brent Knoll

07/23/00025: Erection of building to house indoor play area, cafe & farm shop with associated parking and outdoor play area at Upper Battleborough Farm, Bristol Road, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4HJ.

07/23/00028: Erection of an extension to the north elevation and east elevation on site of existing (to be demolished) at Hollytree Farm, Burton Row, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4BP.


08/23/00340: Convert attic to living space, installation of an internal staircase and fenestration to the SE elevation at Palace Nightclub, 25-27 Penel Orlieu, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3PF.

08/23/00357: Application to determine if prior approval is required for a proposed: change of use from commercial, business and service (Use Class E) to two dwelling houses (use class C3). 7 Clare Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3EN.

Burnham & Highbridge

11/23/00089: Formation of driveway including dropped kerb at 94 Love Lane, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EZ.

11/23/00113: Certificate of lawfulness for the proposed construction of a hardstanding extension measuring 3m by 4.7m and not exceeding 30 cm above ground level to an existing hardstanding in the rear garden of the dwelling in connection with the siting of a single unit mobile home for use as additional accommodation by a family member. 25 Charlestone Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 2AP.


17/23/00082: Erection of extension to west elevation and south elevation at 1 Little Orchard, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3LS.

Chilton Polden

19/23/00012: Internal alterations of 'Cloisters' to accommodation for building manager at Avalon Priory, Priory Road, Chilton Polden, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 9DH.

19/23/00013: Internal alterations to reconfigure kitchen/bathroom, replace skylight, and install external boiler at Avalon Priory, Priory Road, Chilton Polden, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 9DH.

Compton Bishop

21/23/00023: Erection of an agricultural building and hardcore area on land adjacent to River Axe, North of, Turnpike Road, Lower Weare, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26.


22/23/00011: Erection of garden wall and demolition of existing at 2 Broderip, Cossington, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 8LA.


30/23/00003: Erection of extensions to the North elevations of two existing agricultural buildings to house robotic milking equipment. East Farm, Taunton Road, Greinton, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 9BW.


33/23/00025: Conversion of agricultural barn to a holiday let, including the demolition of side (north) lean-to providing amenity space (revised scheme). Magnolia House, The Causeway, Mark, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4QH.

North Petherton

37/23/00091: Change of use of the ground floor Class E Use to two dwellings. Erect extension on rear elevation replacing existing lean-to, replace front facade and associated parking. 51 Fore Street, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Somerset.

37/23/00094: Single storey flat roof rear extension with cladding to existing dwelling at Fernleigh, Queen Street, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6RQ.


38/23/00016: Reduce spread of Atlas Cedar (T4)(TPO Ref T4) on southern side by up to 2m maximum to provide 2m clearance from building and reduce spread on eastern side by 1.5m. The Cedars, High Street, Othery, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 0QA.


44/23/00018: Erection of extension to the north elevation and east elevation at Lower Furlong, North Down Lane, Shipham, Winscombe, Somerset, BS25 1SL.


45/23/00023: Installation of four dormer windows at Guards Hill Barn, Merridge Hill, Spaxton, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5.


46/23/00006: Change of use of land to garden land and the retention of a caravan for ancillary use to the main dwelling at The Haybarn, Sutton Mallet, Bridgwater, TA7 9AT.


50/23/00094: The erection of a shed within the curtilage of an existing listed dwelling at Maltfield Farm, Mudgley Road, Maltfield, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4TR.

50/23/00096: Installation of a balcony to the east elevation, rear dormer to the north elevation, and minor internal alterations at Maltfield Farm, Mudgley Road, Maltfield, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4TR.

50/23/00097: Installation of a balcony to the east elevation, rear dormer to the north elevation, and minor internal alterations at Maltfield Farm, Mudgley Road, Maltfield, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4TR.

50/23/00110: Erection of detached garden shed and home office at The White Cottage, Mutton Lane, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4DS.

50/23/00111: Erection of single storey extension to the north and west elevation on site of existing (to be demolished). Hill Crest, Mudgley Road, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4DH.

West Huntspill

52/23/00007: Formation of new vehicular and pedestrian access off Main Road (West Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9).