More residents speak out on new Exmouth bowling centre plans

SCORES of residents are far from being bowled over by new plans for Exmouth s seafront leisure centre. A number of people have raised their objection to East Devon District Council in connection to a revised planning application for the bowling complex on

SCORES of residents are far from being bowled over by new plans for Exmouth's seafront leisure centre.

A number of people have raised their objection to East Devon District Council in connection to a revised planning application for the bowling complex on the Esplanade.

The issue was discussed at Exmouth town council last week.

A decision whether to back the revised proposals, which calls for a new access road and an increase in height to part of the roof, was deferred.


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Aurea Heslop, of Trefusis Terrace, said she objected 'in the strongest terms to this new application' for planning permission.

"We object on the basis that such an increase in height will be visually intrusive and have a deleterious impact on the amenity of the area," she said.

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Mrs Heslop posed further questions about the increase in height - a planned enlargement of nearly one metre.

She added: "No explanation has been given in any public document on file at either Sidmouth or Exmouth as to why such a substantial increase is required.

"This application is particularly troubling because the developer has already exceeded the planning permission height by over 16."

Mr Nash of ExeCliff, Trefusis Terrace, said: "The increase in height of over and above the agreed plans which the developer originally submitted is not acceptable.

"The proposal for a service access opening onto Carlton Hill adjacent to a busy roundabout will be a danger to all road users including pedestrians.

"This blind access would not be suitable for heavy commercial vehicles delivering supplies to an operation encompassing food and beverage facilities for up to 900 people."

Eddie Treeby, of Trefusis Terrace, raised a number of concerns including the incorporation of wind turbines to the roof of the centre.

He said: "They are an intrusion to the eye and ear and also a great danger to the exe estuary wildlife."

Rob Speers, a senior estates surveyor, said he had no objection to the amended plans.

"The restrictive covenant limiting the height of any development of the site was removed by agreement with Clinton Devon Estates in 2006, and therefore the proposed increase in height will not be a breach of covenant."

Representatives involved with the construction of the building alley refused to comment on the revised plans.

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