Flat work to start

PUBLISHED: 02:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

A HUGE new 40-room Salterton Road retirement complex will be completed by Christmas - despite objections by residents and councillors. The flats, by Pegasus Retirement Homes, at 88 to 92 Salterton Road, will be for the 'active retired' - and consist of 23

A HUGE new 40-room Salterton Road retirement complex will be completed by Christmas - despite objections by residents and councillors.The flats, by Pegasus Retirement Homes, at 88 to 92 Salterton Road, will be for the 'active retired' - and consist of 23 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom apartments.The structure will be designed as two, two storey linked buildings - however when the plans were first considered by the-then Lib Dem controlled town council in March 2007, they recommended refusal, calling it 'overwhelming', and they feared it would overlook neighbouring properties. Then planning committee chairman Tom Reeves also added that Pegasus should contribute to local health services.The development will comprise of an owners' lounge, maintained landscaped gardens, 24-hour security, a visitors' suite, lift to all floors, estate manager and car park. Commencement of construction had been delayed because of the eight conditions listed by EDDC planners - including that all materials and finishes be vetted by planners, work only commence once details of landscaping had been approved, details of external lighting be approved, a soil survey be conducted and that air conditioning systems or vents were not visible from Salterton Road.The complex is scheduled to be completed by December by local contractors Leadbitter's and their regional director, Rob Bradley, said: "We are very pleased to announce our involvement in this project and are looking forward to working with Pegasus and residents at the development to create homes tailored to individual needs and tastes."Peter Askew, chief executive at Pegasus, said: "Pegasus prides itself on providing high-quality luxury property for the active retired. We are pleased to be working with Leadbitter in Exmouth to continue this trend.

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