Budleigh house plan alterations get green light

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 December 2017


East Devon District Council has rubber-stamped changes to already-granted planning permission for a new house on land in Boucher Lane.

Amended plans for a new house in Budleigh Salterton have been given the go-ahead, despite concerns about its impact on the town’s heritage.

Plans for the family home on land off Boucher Road – less than 10 metres from the ‘historically significant’ neighbouring Lace Acre house, built by renowned architect William Hatchard-Smith – had already been granted planning permission.

Now, minor increases to the height and footprint of the house have been approved, as have alterations to the chimney location.

A separate single-storey garage will also be built on the site rather than integrated into the main house, as outlined in the previously approved plans.

The town council was among those to object to the new plans, determined at East Devon District Council’s development management committee on Tuesday morning.

Speaking at the meeting, Budleigh mayor Alan Dent said: “The adopted neighbourhood plan wishes to protect local heritage assets and the new building is within 10 metres of an established Hatchard-Smith house.

“This is a garden infill project squeezing a large family home into a small patch of land which was previously part of the garden on the host property – Lace Acre.

“The introduction of a large chimney stack at the southern end of the building is out of character and will have an overbearing affect on the residents of Lace Acre.”

But the committee voted by 10 to four in favour of accepting the proposal, despite concerns about the look of the detached garage.

Councillor David Key said: “I like the design of the house but I think the detached garage ruins the outlook of the house and would much rather see an integral garage rather than that one on the side.”

Cllr David Barratt added: “The officers said there is not enough harm to justify refusal and we do really have to be very careful in terms of coming up with reasons we go against the officers recommendations.”

Last month, the town council was warned that Budleigh was in danger of losing its character by the Otter Valley Association (OVA).

Discussing the Boucher Road application, the community watchdog argued that the site should be treated ‘sensitively’ and that Lace Acre was one of the assets the OVA was looking to secure with a heritage assets list.

At the time, OVA planning committee chairman Nicola Daniel told the council: “Drip by drip we are losing the character of the town.”

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