Exmouth losing 'family homes'

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

A BID by developers to convert three separate Exmouth properties into flats has received mixed support from planners. Hope Investments' application to convert 2 and 14 Salisbury Road into a total of six flats and two dormers were recommended for refusal.

A BID by developers to convert three separate Exmouth properties into flats has received mixed support from planners.Hope Investments' application to convert 2 and 14 Salisbury Road into a total of six flats and two dormers were recommended for refusal.But a plan to convert 4 George Street into two flats and a two storey extension was backed.Neighbour Majorie Lathey, of Salisbury Road, is opposed to the development at number 14 because she believes it would put an unacceptable pressure on services and increase the risk of flooding.She said: "This is within a 'high risk zone' for flooding and this development is providing pressure to the sewerage and drainage by increasing the number of both kitchens and bathrooms for this property. "I am also confident that the additional pressure of converting houses in this street to smaller units gives rise to not only additional parking problems but also contributes to the additional use and therefore pressure onto the utilities in the street."Salisbury Road is already dominated by the car and this will increase the number of cars in the street."Councillor Ian Stewart said: We are slowly but surely losing our housing stock, and the utilities are being stretched all the time."Cllr Steve Gazzard said: "We can not afford to keep losing family houses."At this rate there won't be any left."Cllr Richard Turner said South West Water should take a greater role in recommending whether developments put an increase on sewerage and drainage services: "They must be forced to look at the situation properly not just sign it off." The three applications will now be considered by East Devon planners.

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