'No' to care home plan

PUBLISHED: 01:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

FIFTEEN letters of objection have led to town planners snubbing proposals for a giant new care home in Littleham. Town councillors unanimously rejected plans for a three-to-four-storey development on the site once occupied by Sheridan, 10C Douglas Avenue.

FIFTEEN letters of objection have led to town planners snubbing proposals for a giant new care home in Littleham.Town councillors unanimously rejected plans for a three-to-four-storey development on the site once occupied by Sheridan, 10C Douglas Avenue.The home, which would have environment-friendly credentials including solar panels and 24 apartments - with just seven parking spaces.Neighbour Mr JW Sealey, of Douglas Avenue, said that the original application, for five apartments, was more suitable: "The size of the plot seems inadequate for a 24-room establishment of this magnitude. The additional storey alone is in direct breach of the Avenues design statement."Several neighbours expressed concerns that the new building would block light and restrict views.Mr DJ Cross, of Madeira Court, said: "...I have a small view looking across at Dawlish, and if this building goes up I will be looking at a blank wall."Mr and Mrs Langdon, also of Madeira Court, added: "This building will take away the beautiful views we have from our kitchen and invade our privacy."Berkley and Mavis Meredith, of Madeira Court, were just one couple who expressed concern about whether the already-burdened sewerage system could cope with the development: "Surface drainage (in the Avenues) has failed to cope with the problems imposed on it for some considerable time."At times of heavy rainfall, storm water floods down Portland Avenue and Cyprus Court..."He added that this has led to the collapse of the supporting wall at 12A Madeira Court.Mike Tribble, the chairman of SAD, Save Avenues from Despoliation, said: "The development would be out of scale with its setting...blocking out the open spaces which give the Avenues their distinctive character. "The design, though innovative, is out of keeping with historic Victorian and Edwardian architecture...and concerns have been raised by our members over the increased strain the development would put on foul water drainage."Ian Cann, secretary of The Exmouth Society, said the plans were a 'throw back' to the 1960s when the Avenues suffered from 'inappropriate' design development: "A complete rethink in our opinion is required." However the plans did have one advocate, Kathleen Eskew of Portland Avenue, who lives opposite the site:"...these plans are impressive in their care for the environment."However, vice-chairman of the planning committee Brian Walker said: "I would have to object to these plans. It's a very nice looking building. "However 24 apartments will lead to at least 30 extra people flushing effluent into the sewerage system."I am very concerned about the geodynamics of the cliff behind - there have been measures to stabilise it in the past but this is now showing wear and tear."I am concerned about parking - only seven spaces have been provided. There is an assumption that elderly people don't want to drive, a view I am totally against."Councillor Steve Gazzard said: "This is huge and will put a strain on the sewerage system. "Surely South West Water could give some direction over this?"The plans will now be considered by district planners.

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