Flats plan for Sam's night club

SAMANTHA'S Night Club could be converted into a block of 14 town centre flats, following its closure last autumn. The owners of the two-storey building, Stagg Inns Ltd, have submitted an application to district planners to convert the former night spot.

SAMANTHA'S Night Club could be converted into a block of 14 town centre flats, following its closure last autumn.The owners of the two-storey building, Stagg Inns Ltd, have submitted an application to district planners to convert the former night spot.The proposals call for eight two-bedroom and six one-bedroom flats and a storage area for bicycles and refuse.The club, comprising a pub on the ground floor and a club on the first floor, closed last October after being a popular night spot with revellers for almost 40 years.Architect Robert Burford said in the design statement: "As the building is a well-known feature of this part of Exmouth, careful consideration has been given to ensure its character is retained by the use of brick arched windows..."The facade will be changed to resemble an old cinema - the building's original use - while a disabled lift will also be installed.However, there are no car parking spaces at the site.Mr Burford added: "The proposed development has been designed in close consultation with the planning officer to make the best use of the site in accordance with present policies, by providing new homes in the town centre while retaining the character of the present building."The flats are in a registered flood zone, also a topic of frequent concern to town councillors, and a risk assessment has been carried out.Mr Burford added: "Flood warning will be made available to the occupants of the flats and each occupant will be made aware of possible flooding."The plans will be debated at a meeting of Exmouth Town Council planning committee on Monday evening, when they will recommend the application be approved or refused before it is considered by district planners.


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