CNM Estates fight back and submit Birnbeck plans despite council CPO

Birnbeck Pier CNM Estates refurbishment plans
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The owners of Birnbeck Pier have outlined a first phase refurbishment of the dilapidated structure, after North Somerset Council voted to issue a Compulsory Purchase Order on the landmark.


CNM Estates submitted the planning application for extensive structural repairs this month, in line with a 2019 council Repairs Notice, after the authority offered chair Wahid Samady £1 for the 153-year-old pier.

“There is no doubt that these works are required,” stated the application. “They are the subject of a Repairs Notice which identifies a package of works which are required to be undertaken to the Pier.”

“These works are the essential first step in the refurbishment of the Pier. Stabilising the structure is critical and is a particular matter that has been identified by the council’s engineer, Mann Williams.”

The application comes as Samady told the Weston Mercury that “CNM Estates will listen to any constructive suggestions” for the pier, in response to the Council’s CPO offer.

NSC’s plans to hand the unsound structure over to the RNLI had gained approval from councillors and residents, however CNM appears unwilling to surrender the property.

“This first stage stabilisation ensures that future stages can be progressed with the comfort that there will be no loss of part of the Pier.”

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