Approval for Michael Caines’ hotel plan

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 July 2015

Michael Caines

Michael Caines

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‘Exciting’ plans for a Michelin-starred chef to open a luxury restaurant and hotel on the edge of Exmouth have been given the go-ahead by district planners.

Michael Caines was this week granted planning permission for his scheme at Courtlands House, Courtlands Lane, by East Devon District Council’s development management committee.

The venue, which will create around 80 jobs, could be open by autumn next year.

Councillors considered the plan, having carried out a visit to the site, and agreed to grant approval on condition that strong planning conditions were enforced to address neighbours’ concerns about disturbance.

The committee also heard from Mr Caines, who said he hoped to create “Britain’s leading country house hotel and restaurant, with a local, national and international client base.”

He added: “It offers East Devon and its community a wonderful opportunity to secure the fate of the Courtlands estate, protect the ‘green wedge’, and create a jewel in the crown for East Devon, while creating countless employment opportunities.”

Councillor Alison Greenhalgh said: “Many people in Exmouth have been very excited about this project and the benefits to Exmouth, and the wider implications for showcasing what Devon can actually offer.”

Councillor Mark Williamson said: “I feel this is a sustainable development that meets the criteria of the National Planning Policy Framework, and is supported by our consultees.”

Speaking to the Journal after the meeting, Mr Caines said: “I can’t tell you how happy I am. It’s a decision that’s right for the region, is right for Courtlands, and comes as a great relief for me.

“A lot of work needs to start now. It will be an intense programme of work for me and the project team. I would like to think we will be open for next October, but it might have to be early 2017. We will try and open as early as possible, but a scheme like this can’t be rushed.”


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