Abele Tree House: new bid to build flats in Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 January 2017


A revised application to demolish an old building in Budleigh Salterton to make way for eight apartments has been submitted to the district council.

The application, for 9 Fore Street, would also see the annex at Abele Tree House turned into a separate dwelling.

The original application, which was for nine flats, had been met with concern over a flood risk and the building’s place in the conservation area.

Now, the developer has amended the plans, which feature a reduced number of flats and a raised ground floor.

In the supplementary planning statement, developer MacMullen Associates said: “Following the original submission of this planning application and in response to comments, the applicants made substantial alterations to the mass and floor area of the proposed building, reducing the number of proposed apartments from nine to eight and the size of the western wings of the building so that its elevation replicates the height and form of the existing building when viewed from Fore Street car park.”

The town council, residents and Historic England raised concerns about the proposal causing damage inside the conservation area.

The planning statement says that the level of harm could be considered acceptable because the proposal provided a ‘public benefit’.

The statement said: “The ‘green, lush and leafy’ character of the site is preserved by the proposal.

“The new building will offer much-needed and highly-sustainable accommodation for older local people wanting to downsize and live close by.”

In the original application, the Environment Agency had reservations about the application due to the building’s location on a ‘high-priority’ flood zone that made any potential new flats ‘more vulnerable’.

The developer says this has been addressed by raising the ground-floor level by more than half a metre from 9.05 metres above sea level to 9.7 metres.

EDDC planners will make the final decision.

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