Longboat ‘antis’ are dealt new setback

Objectors have lost another fight to protect the Longboat Cafe, in Budleigh Salterton, after the Minister for Tourism and Heritage decided against listing the building

Objectors hoped a seven-month review of two earlier listing failures would result in a U-turn decision to protect the building against any development.

The Journal has learned the Minister for Tourism and Heritage has decided the original decisions of August 2009 and January 2010 not to list the building should stand.

The latest report states the brick building was not of ‘special architectural or historic interest in a national context’.

The Budleigh Salterton Longboat Association said it was ‘disappointed’ by the decision not to list the ‘heritage asset’.

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Spokesman Bob Wiltshire said the district council had promised to look at the new findings in relation to its recent decision to approve the application to build a state-of-the art glass-fronted restaurant.

Mr Wiltshire said: “Immense public interest in the fate of the Longboat suggests that it has ‘special significance’ for the local community and we believe EDDC planners must bear this in mind when they fulfil the commitment to our solicitor to revisit their earlier decision.”

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