Losing views?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

Copy of a letter sent to Mr R Pearson, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, re proposed new Premier Inn in Exmouth.

We are in receipt of your letter of December 3, on the above subject, for which many thanks.

As owners of a holiday flat on the Beacon in Exmouth, we are not in the area as often as we would like, so we were unable to accept your kind invitation to the public exhibition on December 15.

We have a passion for Exmouth and its environs and were surprised to learn that East Devon District Council selected Whitbread to develop the Elizabeth Hall site for a Premier Inn and restaurant.

As you say, the Elizabeth Hall is a prime seafront location and we can only hope, as you promise in your letter, that the new development does nothing to detract from the delightful seafront.

We have tried to access a detailed plan of the 60-bedroom hotel with a ground-floor restaurant, café, business meeting rooms and car park, but without success.

We understand this will be available on your website very soon.

We wait with bated breath as we do feel, and we do realise this project must be ‘cut and dry’ despite objections, that our property on the Beacon will lose its unrivalled views of the beautiful coastline with the hotel dominating a four-storey site.

Not only will the view from the Beacon be marred by bricks and mortar but also the outstanding architecture of the properties on the Beacon will not be enjoyed by those on the seafront.

We do hope there is no intention to fell or severely pollard trees or shrubs along Madeira Drive.

I am enclosing photos taken last weekend of the Beacon terrace and the magnificent views we currently enjoy.

We do realise our ‘cry for help’ will fall on deaf ears, but, although past the deadline, we would like our comments put on record.

Your comments would be much appreciated with news on when the detailed plans are available.

P French

Petts Wood


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