Council objects to Pier Head tower plan

Plans to build an eight storey tower block on Exmouth seafront have been recommended for refusal by town planners.

Developers have submitted plans for a building containing 14 apartments and three shops, along with associated parking and alterations to the sea wall.

However, the town council has objected to the plan, on the grounds that it would be over development, out of keeping with the area and overlook neighbouring buildings. Councillors also felt there would be a loss of light and the building would be at risk of flooding.

Councillor Steve Gazzard said: “It’s been said this building would be an iconic building – in my opinion it would be a carbuncle on the seafront. I would question if there is any further need for development down there, as so many flats in Regatta Court are still for sale.”

Councillor Eileen Wragg said that, following a meeting with district council planning officers, she was concerned they could be minded to approve the development.

She said: “It would be a grotesque desecration of Exmouth seafront if this were to go ahead. I think they underestimate the concerns of local people. Serious concern should be raised.”

The plans will be decided by East Devon District Council.