Monstrous development

PUBLISHED: 16:10 18 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

Brightly coloured cottages on a shingle frontage... a plethora of tearooms... the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast towering above the town... Budleigh Salterton has a sleepy seaside charm that's little changed since its days as a fashionable Victorian resor

Brightly coloured cottages on a shingle frontage... a plethora of tearooms... the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast towering above the town... Budleigh Salterton has a sleepy seaside charm that's little changed since its days as a fashionable Victorian resort... even today, its property market remains on a fairly even keel..." an extract from the Sunday Times' Homes Section, October 5, 2008.So this is how our town is seen by the media. Sadly, plans have once again been submitted to build a monstrous development on our seafront and we are asked to accept it [proposal to demolish the Longboat Cafe and build a new restaurant].By producing a more aesthetically acceptable building, the developers hope to convince the planners that this is what is needed. They are missing the point. Has the issue of parking been addressed? Do let us know what provision has been made and what restrictions will be imposed. The amount of traffic visiting the town in the evenings will increase. The seafront parking is not adequate at the moment and, together with Coastguard Road, is commonly recognised as an extension of Sandy Bay caravan site - but with free overnight stays. Both residents and visitors since Victorian times have been able to enjoy the views from the town towards The Otter along the seafront.The beauty of this uninterrupted vista will be lost forever if this building is permitted. A lot of support is given to the present owners as they are community members. What will happen when and if it is sold?Would the same support be forthcoming for newcomers? I don't think so. We love Budleigh as it is and long may it be praised for possessing that very rare "sleepy seaside charm".T Murphy,(via email).

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