Deep concerns

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

The Otter Valley Association is dismayed at the conservation officer's comments on the Victoria Place, Budleigh Salterton planning application.

Firstly, he is happy to recommend acceptance of a house in this sensitive conservation area with no consideration of the historical importance of this small group of Georgian villas as part of the Georgian development of seaside resorts.

He then recommends refusal as the proposed dwelling needs to make “a positive contribution to its context and show a clear understanding of a conservation area”. He makes a plea for something contemporary that must “balance the integrity of innovative design and a clear acknowledgement of local vernacular and architectural fashions”.

The OVA’s deep concerns are that the contemporary designs approved for conservation areas in the past are indeed fashionable and iconic but are totally out of character with the materials used and the style of the area.

They would suit Poole or Sandbanks rather than this AONB town.

Nicola Daniel

Chairman OVA

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