Amended bid opposed for 49 new dwellings and 60-bed care home in Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 06:30 31 October 2015

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Amended plans to build 49 dwellings and a care home in Budleigh Salterton have been opposed again by the town council.

Developer Badger Homes has submitted the outline application with new documents to East Devon District Council (EDDC) planners.

The plans include 30 new homes, seven bungalows and 12 retirement apartments, plus a 60-bed care home on land west of Barn Lane, opposite Tidwell House.

At a meeting on Monday, Budleigh Salterton town councillors voted unanimously to oppose the application.

During the planning committee meeting, Councillor Tom Wright questioned the need for another care home in the town. He said: “We have evidence there is no such need since Park Lodge shut and they found that was unviable because they didn’t have sufficient residents fill it.

“I think that is clear evidence the need for a care home in this area is not made out.”

County councillor Christine Channon said: “If you were to build a care home for dementia sufferers with 60 beds, it would be enormous, much larger than the size on the plan.

“Apart from all the other reasons to do with highways implications, is the sheer inadequacy of the site for what is needed nowadays – the equipment which is needed should be taken into consideration.”

Budleigh Salterton resident Dr Anita Jennings told councillors: “In the absence of any demonstrable need for either a dementia home or the associated new dwellings, I hope you will come to the same conclusion as you did last summer.”

Town councillors rejected the original plans last year on the grounds the proposal contravened the emerging East Devon Local Plan.

According to the town council, poor access to the town centre and the B3178 made the site unsustainable.

The development would also ‘not enhance’ the Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty.

The town council’s planning committee was unwilling to support the amended plans on the same grounds.

The plans will go before East Devon councillors for a decision.

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