Council backs plan for six-flat Budleigh conversion

PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 March 2017

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A controversial application to create six new flats in Budleigh Salterton has been supported by the town council.

Members discussed amended plans to subdivide an existing four-storey building at 7 West Hill Lane into three apartments. Another three would also be built on the same site to form a courtyard development around the existing building.

Previously, the town council had opposed the application due to concerns around parking and vehicular access.

Members voted to support the amended application at a meeting on Monday (February 27) by a majority of 10 to two.

Speaking at the meeting, a Mr Harding said: “As a resident of West Hill Lane, I support this amended application incorporating changes suggested by the conservation officer and Historic England.

“Conservation is so much more than just preserving things as they are. It involves sympathetic enhancement and renewal so that current custodians can pass on assets with a viable future to generations yet to come.”

District councillor Steve Hall, speaking at the meeting, said: “I think this is now turning out to be an excellent example of the applicant listening to a point where we now have found this extremely acceptable.

“The main concern I had was the facilities for parking, but that has been addressed.”

Councillor Tom Wright added: “The concern we all had was the car park. It did seem that the previous architect did not think car parking would be an issue, but now there is very clearly 16 car parking spaces.

“The site is very scrubby at the back and I actually think this will be a very good use of land that otherwise would just lie there or probably deteriorate.”

However, Cllr Alan Jones was still concerned about the traffic coming out of West Hill Lane.

The town council also agreed to tell East Devon District Council, which will make the final decision, that it remained concerned about the vehicle access to West Hill Lane.

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