New plan for Brixington church wins approval
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Revised plans for a new building for Brixington Community Church have been approved by district planners.
The church wants to replace the existing building on its site in Churchill Road, saying this will allow it to offer more community facilities.
The church previously received planning permission for a new building in 2014, but this was achieved in the face of opposition from residents of nearby Ellwood Road, who were worried the proposed new church would be too large and overbearing.
The church subsequently reviewed its design and came up with the new proposal, reducing the building’s footprint by 20 per cent, compared to the previous proposal, and lowering the roof by 1.5 metres.
This revised scheme has now received planning permission from East Devon District Council (EDDC) officers under delegated powers.
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An officer’s report states: “It is considered that, despite the large scale and prominence of the building, it will not be overly harmful.
“The new building and its uses should be part of the focal point for the community and provide an appropriate frontage to the main road.”
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Members of Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee previously supported the application.