Bowen's plot up for sale

PUBLISHED: 16:48 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

TOWN councillor Roger Bowen who won a lengthy and bitter battle to build a dream home" on land next to his property has now put the plot up for sale. The building plot often described as helping to form a green backdrop to the town has been at t

TOWN councillor Roger Bowen - who won a lengthy and bitter battle to build a "dream home" on land next to his property - has now put the plot up for sale. The building plot - often described as helping to form a green backdrop to the town - has been at the centre of planning controversy. For years Mr Bowen had stood resolute against planning committees at East Devon District Council, which refused to give him permission to build a modern top-of-the range glass-fronted home on land adjacent to his Cricket Field Lane property. In February of this year, an independent appeal concluded Mr Bowen should be allowed to build his timber and glass dream home - but now the land is up for sale.Mr Bowen said he did not wish to comment on his reason for putting the plot on the market.The single building plot, with planning permission, is on the market with Exeter-based chartered surveyors and estate agent Drew Pearce for offers in excess of £325,000.Estate agent Drew Pearce describes the plot as "an extremely rare opportunity to build a superb contemporary architect designed house in a leafy and favoured residential location with sea views".Mr Micheal Henderson, at Drew Pearce, said the plot had been on the market for two and a half weeks and was already attracting "a lot of interest". He said Budleigh Salterton was a sought-after area to build a home with sea-facing views."It has an instant appeal," said Mr Henderson.The sloping plot surrounded by mature trees looks out across the town and to the sea. It is set within a quarter of an acre of land and enclosed on two sides by a cob wall.The site is offered on a freehold basis and the successful buyer will be able to build Mr Bowen's vision of a three-bedroom contemporary home, with en-suite facilities and spacious living and dining accommodation, designed by Stan Bolt Architects, based in Brixham.

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