Avenues flats not backed by town council

PUBLISHED: 10:36 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 July 2013

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Proposals to demolish an Avenues home and build two blocks of seven flats have not been backed by town planners.

In a majority vote on Monday councillors recommended that the plans, which include a parking area and bin and cycle stores at 34 Cranford Avenue, be refused.

The plans have prompted a slew of objections from residents and Dr Tom Eastop wrote: “The increased traffic emerging from an entrance near a bend will cause an increased likelihood of accidents.”

Ruby Gaunt wrote: “I am in my nineties and value that I can walk along and across Cranford Avenue knowing I am safe and with the residential traffic there is.

“Additional traffic with so many flats and cars is worrying.”

Jane Urquhart is concerned that the plans would damage the environment, in particular the mature trees, on the site.

“This application is putting fourteen families potentially into a space where one property was designed for one family with the consequence that the local householders in the area will be affected by additional, noise, traffic and an obtrusive building.”

Councillor Sandy Sutton said: “This application I think should not be accepted.

“In Sarlsdown Road there are new flats that have been there for three years and have not been sold.

“In Cyprus Road, again, new flats that that haven’t been sold.

“We need good sized family homes in Exmouth and I think that this should remain a family home.”

Councillor Bill Nash said: “I am very concerned about the increase in traffic.

“If you have 14 flats and nobody uses cars, there is no problem.

“But people do have cars- one and half-spaces per flat is not sufficient.”

He also expressed concern about the sewerage system’s capacity to cope with extra residents.

“That outflow will have to be looked at seriously; it will have to be updated.”

The plans will now be considered by district planners.

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