Exmouth ‘eyesore’ all set for a new lease of life

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 November 2016

The former Thomas Tucker building in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

The former Thomas Tucker building in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

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A proposal for a new town centre restaurant could give an ‘eyesore’ building a new lease of life.

The former Thomas Tucker clothing store, which first opened in 1801, has been empty for the last nine years.

Exmouth residents and councillors have become disillusioned with the building’s scruffy state - and have called for action.

Now a change-of-use application has been lodged to transform the grade II listed building, on the corner of The Strand and St Andrew’s Road, into a ground-floor restaurant.

The plan also includes the demolition of the showroom on the St Andrew’s Road side of the building to help make way for seven new flats.

Mayor Brian Cole this week welcomed the application, saying that area of town needed improvement. “Anything that clears up that area would be an advantage to Exmouth – it’s been an eyesore for too long and is letting down the town centre,” he said.

In the planning design and access statement, the architect said works to the building would respect the existing ‘fabric’ and the key remaining features.

The architect also promised the existing shopfront would be retained, with ‘slight’ changes to the doors to allow them to open outwards.

Two new apartments would be built in a new extension on the site of the former showroom, with garage parking on the ground floor for five vehicles.

The main shop would be converted into a restaurant on the ground floor, with a one-bedroom apartment and three two-bed flats on the existing first floor. A further two-bedroom apartment would be built on the existing second floor.

The town council will be consulted on the application before East Devon District Council makes the final decision.

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