Care home expansion plan wins approval

PUBLISHED: 11:20 17 July 2014

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The expansion of an Exmouth care home has been approved by district chiefs.

The plan, for a number of extensions to Manor Lodge in Portland Avenue, was approved by East Devon District Council (EDDC), despite the council’s planning officers saying it should not go ahead.

They offered a number of reasons for refusal, however councillors on EDDC’s development management committee were unimpressed by these, and voted to approve.

Councillor Alan Dent said: “In terms of need, the business needs it, the town needs it, we need it, us elderly folk. In pure planning terms I think there are insufficient arguments to uphold a refusal.”

Planning officers had said the plan for the home should be rejected as it would overlook neighbours, be overbearing and detract from the character of the area.

However, councillors were told there were a number of similarly-sized buildings in the Avenues.

Exmouth Town Council had also previously supported the plan, saying it was an improvement on Manor Lodge’s previous planning application, which was refused earlier this year.

Speaking after the approval was granted, Gina Kerler-Lovegrove, who owns Manor Lodge with husband Ray, said: “We are delighted with the decision.

“With all the closures of homes that are going on, we feel it is important to invest in the current climate.”

The couple also currently have a planning application being considered for a 60-bedroom dementia care home in Cranford Avenue, and Gina said they would wait for a decision to be made on that before deciding when to start work on Manor Lodge, although they are planning to invest in both schemes.

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