It will destroy great views

PUBLISHED: 15:10 25 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 10 June 2010

Budleigh Salterton is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and such a development to the Longboat Cafe and adjoining shelter, as has been proposed by the current owners, would negate that statement. No development should be permitted on the foreshore as

Budleigh Salterton is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and such a development to the Longboat Cafe and adjoining shelter, as has been proposed by the current owners, would negate that statement.No development should be permitted on the foreshore as it would completely destroy the wonderful view along the coastline as seen from the cliff path, approaching from the west, from the Steamer Steps view point and from everywhere else along the promenade. The view of the Otter estuary and beyond would be destroyed. As one arrives in Budleigh Salterton, the view as one turns the corner from Coastguard Road is amazing, whatever the weather.The architectural design submitted to the planning authority is completely out of character with all other buildings in the area and would stick out like a sore thumb. While we would welcome another first-class restaurant in the town, there are currently empty properties, which have been good catering establishments in the past. These should be redeveloped, rather than encroaching further on the seafront.If this development were to proceed for this restaurant, presumably with a licence to sell alcohol, it is highly probable that in the future its format could be changed to a fast food outlet (not necessarily by the current owner). The council could not stop this happening once the building had been built and approved. Under the current lax licensing legislation, this could lead to more drinking in the open in that area of the beach and car park. I can then envisage the whole area of the Lime Kiln car park, Coastguard Road and the roads leading through the town centre and along the seafront attracting a noisier clientele, as is experienced in other areas in the locality. I support progress, but not to the detriment of the ambience of the area.M G Thomas,8 Sherbrook Close,Budleigh Salterton.

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