Longboat plan is horrendous

PUBLISHED: 16:07 11 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

Generations of Budleigh residents and visitors to our town have, on reaching the seafront, enjoyed uninterrupted panoramic views in both directions. Indeed, apart from its wonderful beach and quaint town, it is possibly those wonderful unchanged views whi

Generations of Budleigh residents and visitors to our town have, on reaching the seafront, enjoyed uninterrupted panoramic views in both directions. Indeed, apart from its wonderful beach and quaint town, it is possibly those wonderful unchanged views which people remember most and which residents treasure.The planning application for the demolition of the Longboat Cafe and its replacement with an extensive two-storey development will, if approved, totally change this landscape.I consider what is being proposed is absolutely horrendous and feel sure that, while some may support the scheme, the great majority of Budleigh residents will be strongly in opposition to this proposal. I am sure everybody wishes the Longboat owners every success and would not object to their expanding at ground level. It is a delightful spot to rest awhile.The two-storey building being proposed is, in my opinion, totally out of keeping with the surroundings. This is likely to be the most controversial proposal since the development of the old Normans' site. It will affect everyone. I strongly urge residents to take time to inspect the plans and to write to East Devon District Council, Planning Department, Knowle, Sidmouth, quoting the ref New08/2537.It is too easy to leave it to someone else. This is your town and your letter can make the difference. Write before deadline day, October 24, 2008.Kevin Curran,Cumberland House, Coastguard Road, Budleigh Salterton.

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