Budleigh could lose its character, OVA warns

PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 November 2017

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The Otter Valley Association has warned that Budleigh Salterton is in danger of losing its character 'drip by drip' in the wake of a controversial planning application in the town.

Budleigh Salterton is in danger of losing its character, a community watchdog has warned.

This caution came as the town council were discussing a proposal which the Otter Valley Association (OVA) feels could harm a historically significant building in Budleigh.

Applicants Mr and Mrs Adams have asked that they be allowed to vary already-granted planning permission to build a house on the Lace Acre site in Boucher Road.

Speaking at the meeting this week, Nicola Daniel, planning committee chair for the Otter Valley Association (OVA), argued that the site should be treated ‘sensitively’.

She said: “Drip by drip we are losing the character of the town.

“The OVA is not against development but it can and must be done sensitively as the original application shows it can be.”

She also told councillors that the site was ‘a very fine example’ of a house built by renowned Budleigh architect William Hatchard-Smith, who is responsible for designing more than 50 buildings in the town, including the Public Hall, Station Road.

Mrs Daniel added that Lace Acre was one of the assets the OVA was looking to secure with a heritage assets list.

She said: “The OVA involved the community and consulted this council is setting up a local heritage list.

“The final list was deposited with East Devon District Council (EDDC) for assessment – This was April 2016, 17 months ago and we just been informed that EDDC may start looking at it in 2018.”

Budleigh Salterton Town Council opposed the variation saying it would mean a loss of privacy for neighbours and the raised roof height would create an ‘overbearing’ dwelling.

Town mayor Alan Dent added: “The whole thing about this was that the agreement originally was that the new house would be a little lower to the existing Hatchard-Smith house.”

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