100 Budleigh landmarks set for heritage listing
PUBLISHED: 14:05 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:05 15 August 2016
More than 120 historic buildings and landmarks in Budleigh Salterton could be preserved for future generations, if an assets list gets approval.
Longboat Café, the old sorting office in High Street, Steamer Steps and The Green are among the landmarks listed.
The Otter Valley Association (OVA) has submitted the heritage asset list, which totals nearly 300, from around Budleigh, East Budleigh and Otterton.
If the list is given district council approval, listed buildings, monuments, parks and gardens would be given extra protection against development.
OVA project coordinator Dee Woods said: “The whole point of the project is to highlight what local people view as having a heritage.
“It will provide extra criteria for the district council to use when considering planning applications, but they already have something similar in their Local Plan.”
East Devon District Council (EDDC) conservation officers are currently putting together criteria on which to judge heritage assets.
This will then be used to assess the list submitted by the OVA.
An EDDC spokesman said: “We appreciate all of the hard work that the Otter Valley Association has put into producing a list of proposed local heritage assets for the lower Otter Valley.
“In order to take this project forward, it is important that we establish a comprehensive list of the criteria that should be used to assess assets for inclusion on the list.
“The intention is to now take the criteria to the members of the council and to then consult on the criteria before it is finalised and published ready for use.
“Once these are adopted, we will be able to formally consider the list put forward by the association and the council can then decide what to include on the local heritage assets list for the district.”
To see the list of Budleigh properties go to www.ova.org.uk
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