Club plan supported

PUBLISHED: 02:01 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 10 June 2010

THE Exe Sailing Club's plans to build a second-storey extension, because of a marked increase in female membership, have been recommended for approval by town planners. The plans would see the Shelly Road clubhouse extended to the south-east to increase t

THE Exe Sailing Club's plans to build a second-storey extension, because of a marked increase in female membership, have been recommended for approval by town planners.The plans would see the Shelly Road clubhouse extended to the south-east to increase the size of the existing ladies' changing room - and create a separate committee room on the first floor.Architect Robert Burford said that the extension would complement the existing building - and sought to allay fears from residents by adding that all the windows facing the adjacent flats would have 'obscure' glazing to maintain residents' privacy."The proposed extension has been restricted in size to enable the existing car park facilities to remain intact."The proposal is to construct a two-storey extension to enable the club to accommodate the needs of its members whilst protecting the amenities of the adjacent properties."However, there were still concerns that the application would invade the privacy of residents, and Cherida Fletcher and Peter Warner of Schooners Court wrote to the council.They said: "We believe that any further extension to this side of the building will be intrusive ...noise and light pollution will be a major disruption..."It is time for the club to make some compromises as it now lives in a prestigious high density residential area and not in a commercial dock."Cllr Ian Stewart said: "We supported last week the extension of the dinghy park and this would help to increase female membership of the club."The proposals will first be considered by the town council before a final decision is made by East Devon planners.

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