Council objects to Budleigh home fitness centre

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 February 2017


Town councillors have refused to support an application to convert and extend a detached garage in Budleigh Salterton.

The council’s planning committee was being asked to consider an application for number five, Leas Road, to turn the garage into a home fitness suite.

Speaking at the meeting, neighbour Ian Stone told the council that he felt the proposal would be detrimental to his property.

He said: “We feel, in addition to the existing outbuilding, this is unreasonable development for a residential garden with close neighbouring properties.

“The building would dominate the view from all rear aspects of our house.

“It would be nearly six metres across our garden fence and the overhang would be less than a metre away.

“We’re particularly concerned that this plan would increase traffic and footfall along the back lanes to access these entrances and will have a detrimental effect on our garden, privacy and noise level.

“We’re concerned that if the house is sold, future owners could use the extended building as a dwelling as it would be an appropriate size and have all the appropriate facilities.

“It seems to be what various planning documents state should be avoided.”

Councillors voted to object to the application on the grounds that it represented overdevelopment of the site, it would not be in keeping with the garden scene and due to the visual impact on existing gardens.

The council also said it would want any separate home fitness suite to not become a separate dwelling or a commercial operation in the future.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt said: “It is overdevelopment of the site because the garden is not that big and this does look quite big.

“It’s not a big enough garden and they have already got a summerhouse and garage.

“It’s not just an extension, but a completely new building.”

East Devon District Council will have the final say on the application.

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