Plan for flats in Albion Hill, Exmouth, opposed again by town council

PUBLISHED: 14:31 03 April 2018

Plans to demolish two houses in Albion Hill to create 11 new flats

Plans to demolish two houses in Albion Hill to create 11 new flats

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Proposals to turn a two-house plot in Exmouth into flats has again been opposed by civic leaders.

The town council’s planning committee discussed the amended application for Albion Hill at a meeting on Monday, March 26.

The altered plans include the re-positioning of the apartments and the reduction of the number of flats from 12 to 10.

At the meeting, members were told that an email sent out to neighbours suggested this number has now increased to 11.

Amendments also include changes to positions of the windows and new vehicle access.

Councillors agreed unanimously to oppose the application, saying it was over-development of the site, overbearing and out of keeping with the character of the area.

Speaking at the meeting, neighbouring resident William Weston told members that the amendments do not allay concerns.

He said: “The realignment of the building line does not detract from the loss of privacy of residents in Ryll Grove.

“The proposed building mass is completely out of keeping and is over-development.

“Residents will suffer an unreasonable loss of amenity.”

The town council first objected to the application in January 2017, and did so again to amendments in April last year.

Ward councillor Bill Nash said: “The mass of this building is still too large.

“It’s still higher in places than the original houses.

“The impact on the amenity, not only for the people of Albion Hill, but at the back as well, is great.”

Councillors also raised concerns about the loss of ‘affordable’ housing in this area of Exmouth, and over the impact of an additional 22 cars on the traffic in Albion Hill.

The Journal reported last month that there is a proposed traffic order which would see double yellow lines put in place on both sides of Albion Hill.

Councillor Brian Toye, who previously suggested the road become one-way, added: “It seems to me that any development that puts more traffic on Albion Hill must be resisted – it’s dangerous as it is.”

East Devon District Council will make the final decision on the application.

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