Monday, July 14: Fears grow at flats scheme

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

A BID to demolish flats and build a four-storey seven-flat development in Maer Road was not supported by town councillors following concerns from residents. The application would see the demolition of Spindriff - an existing two-flat development - and an

A BID to demolish flats and build a four-storey seven-flat development in Maer Road was not supported by town councillors following concerns from residents.The application would see the demolition of Spindriff - an existing two-flat development - and an adjacent dwelling, Maercross.But, following concerns by residents, town planners recommended refusal, citing the overdevelopment of a prime seafront site.Mr Oliver, of Maer Lane, a director of Applehays Management Company, said: "The existing structure is to be replaced by a block of seven three bedroom flats most of which will have unobstructed views over the properties known as Applehays in Maer Lane."Having up to 21 bedroom windows looking out over the rear of Applehays is not a happy prospect."He added that to allow the flats, with inadequate access for at least 15 vehicles was "serious and gross overdevelopment".Dr Urwin of Maer Road called the building 'excessive', and said it was not only inappropriate but would change the character of a 'quiet area'.He added that the demolition of Spindrift and rebuilding payed 'lip service' to ecology with low-energy light bulbs and provision for cyclists - but that the demolition of a fairly new building was 'against ecological principles.'"Depending on how many flats the existing Maercross building is being divided into, there would be at least 11 priorities in a hotchpotch of styles."The application is detrimental to many surrounding properties." Susan and Cuthbert Street, of Maer Road, added that the development would put extra strain on sewers, leading to flooding, was out of character for the area and would look over other properties.Councillor Ken Harper voiced concerns that if the development took place one of the 'prime' and most attractive parts, of Exmouth's sea front could be spoiled with views of blocks of flats. "It would be overdevelopment, and I recommend refusal."The plans will now be considered by East Devon planners.

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