Abele Tree House plan opposed

PUBLISHED: 06:30 10 May 2016

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The town council has refused to support an application to demolish a town centre house and replace it with flats.

At a meeting, Budleigh Salterton Town Council had been asked to discuss a plan to knock down Abele Tree House, in Fore Street, for it to be replaced by eight flats.

Councillors voted in favour of objecting to the application.

Speaking at the meeting, resident Anita Jennings said: “The application would yield no public benefits.

“On the contrary, it would lead to the loss of a handsome Edwardian building, and a beautiful garden.

“The pretty little bridge over the Brook might not survive the heavy builders’ vehicles and vastly increased traffic crossing it.”

Town mayor Courtney Richards said: “There is no demonstrated need. The town has already got its allocation of housing.”

Speaking at the meeting, district councillor Tom Wright said: “Although the building at one time might have been a fine dwelling, in large areas it is very damaged.

“I think it would be a useful addition to the housing stock.”

East Devon District Council will make the final decision.

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