Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Town planners against dementia home blueprint

09:56 24 June 2014

Planning

Planning

Archant

Proposals for a three-storey, 60-room dementia home in the Avenues, ‘bigger’ than the mooted Premier Inn on the seafront, has not been backed by town planners.

Ray and Gina Kerler-Lovegrove, who run Manor Lodge Residential Home and Premier Community Services, have applied for planning permission for the new home, at 28 Cranford Avenue.

They say the home will provide much-needed dementia care, with the potential loss of Devon County Council’s Davey Court and other dementia beds in the town, and will create 40 jobs, with more potentially to follow.

At the town council meeting Alderman David Scott backed the plans but David Hitt, who lives near by said he was concerned that the building would overshadow his property.

He said: “The mass and bulk of this building can be appreciated when comparing it with the new 60-bedroom Premier Inn.

“This application seeks to build a similar 60-bedroom facility slap-bang in the middle of a residential neighbourhood with a floor area 17
per cent bigger than the seafront hotel.”

Councillor Brian Toye said: “This is rather a large development.

“It would be more appropriate if they could reduce the number of bedrooms and take it down to two storeys.”

Cllr Maddie Chapman said: “We are badly in need of more dementia beds. But we have to look at the site and the scale of the building.

“While we support the need for it, we are not happy with the size and the placing in the plot of this building.”

Mayor Bill Nash said: “We are all aware from the 23 letters of protest that there is a problem.

“I would have liked to have seen a pre-application meeting between the architect and district planners to see whether they would have felt that this building would cause problems for the area.

“I propose that, while we support the need for more dementia homes, the massing and scale should be looked again.

“I feel that we have to regretfully object.”

Cllr Sandy MacQueen said: “These days for dementia care they are talking about smaller family units and I would have thought that on such a large site you could form something different which is just two storeys high.

“I think that having three floors with 20 beds on each floor is not the kind of unit people with dementia could cope with.”

District planners will make the final decision.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:30
Nick Duckett and Jenna Pease from Pets at home present a cheque to Shelagh Morse of East Devon cats protection. Ref exe 04-16TI 9796. Picture: Terry Ife

Kind-hearted fundraisers in Exmouth have raised a whopping £1,166 for animal welfare charities.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Residents of Budleigh Salterton are calling for better job opportunities for young people to be included in a blueprint for the town’s future.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Topsham primary school children learning about fire safety awareness with Liz Porter and Maxine Tyson of Devon and Somerset fire and rescue. Ref ext 03-16TI 9602. Picture: Terry Ife

Schoolchildren in Topsham were given life-saving information about what they should do in the event of a fire.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Flooding at Mytholmroyd in Yorkshire - one of the communities which will benefit from money raised in Exmouth and Budleigh by Rotary Club volunteers.

Rotary Club fundraisers from Exmouth have revealed that a total of £4,000 has been sent to help flood victims in the north of England, thanks to generous local residents.

Read more
Fri, 16:30
Fundraisers at the Thomson Reuters Digita Wii Olympics.

An Exmouth business is set to dig deep to support a children’s hospice charity at the Rainbow Run in June.

Read more
Fri, 15:00
The Repair Cafe at Exmouth Methodist Church. Mike Hoden inspects a sewing machine motor. Ref exe 4882-49-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Have you got something that needs fixing? The Exmouth Repair Café is back in town tomorrow (Saturday, February 6) at the Methodist Church in Tower Street from 10am to 1pm.

Read more
Fri, 13:32

59-year-old pleads not guilty over crash which claimed the lives of women from Exmouth and Newton Poppleford

Read more
Fri, 12:30

A professional musician has been jailed for attacking his brother during a drunken argument at a flat in Exmouth.

Read more
Fri, 12:30
Dinan Way junction. Ref exe 05-16AW 8319. Picture: Alex Walton

Lympstone will not be bullied by Devon County Council over plans for the completion of Dinan Way, said parish and district councillor Rob Longhurst at this week’s parish meeting.

Read more
Fri, 12:07
Communities in East Devon took part in a 'bite back' campaign against loan sharks

Communities in Sidmouth, Exmouth, Honiton, Axminster and Ottery St Mary targeted in bid to raise awareness

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications