Flats to be built on site of 'Chestnuts'

PUBLISHED: 01:01 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

A NURSING home housed in a landmark building described as 'the most attractive building on Salterton Road' will be demolished to clear the way for retirement flats. Signet Homes are now to build ten two-bedroom retirement units at 65 Salterton Road - bett

A NURSING home housed in a landmark building described as 'the most attractive building on Salterton Road' will be demolished to clear the way for retirement flats.Signet Homes are now to build ten two-bedroom retirement units at 65 Salterton Road - better known as Chestnuts Residence for the Elderly.However, despite the building being attractive, it isn't listed or in a conservation area -and it's not protected - leaving the owners, and developers to use the site as they see fit. The town council had objected to the plans on the grounds that its 'poor design was out of character with neighbouring properties'.The decision to let the application through raised some eyebrows after the building had previously been refused for 14 flats in 2006, and again for 12 flats in June 2007.Councillor Trevor Cope said: "We seem to be chucking the baby out with the bathwater."We should change the name of Exmouth to Poole with all the new retirement developments going up."We are allowing these just so developers can make even more money."There is already McCarthy and Stone on the Salterton Road, and now there will be another McCarthy and Stone-type building right next to it."It is appalling."Councillor Mark Williamson said: "I drive past this house about three to four times every day, and it is the most attractive building on Salterton Road."But officers assure me that it will look similar to Heritage Grange further down Salterton Road."He added, however, that it would be 'reassuring' as the ward member if he could see the plans before construction work was to commence. Planning officers imposed an added condition that all materials, finishes and colours be fully approved by the district council - and that any deviation from the plans, regardless of how small, would also have to be approved.

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