Care home redevelopment plan opposed

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Plans to redevelop a former care home into 61 retirement living units have been opposed by Exmouth Town Council.

This week’s council planning meeting heard that, after a previous redevelopment scheme for the former Moreton Care Home in Drakes Avenue was criticised earlier this year, applicants Methodist Homes had switched architects, and the plans had been ‘completely redesigned’, with the number of units reduced.

However, councillors were still not happy and narrowly voted to oppose, with committee chairman Lynne Elson’s casting vote going against.

Councillor Brian Bailey said: “I am still concerned about overlooking.

“Residents of Avondale and Freelands Close are going to be seriously overlooked.


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“I still think it’s over-development, and I’m still concerned about traffic in and out.”

Councillor Fred Caygill described the proposal as ‘gross over-development of this site, right smack bang in the middle of lots of residential homes’.

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