Plan to cut flat in half rejected

PUBLISHED: 12:58 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 10 June 2010

A BID to cut a flat in half without parking - because future tenants would not be able to afford a car - was rejected by astonished planners on Monday.

A BID to cut a flat in half without parking - because future tenants would not 'be able to afford a car' - was rejected by astonished planners on Monday.

The owner of 24 Danby Terrace applied to convert the existing ground floor flat - the bottom floor of a mid terrace house - into two flats, and a ground floor extension.

But astonished councillor Ian Stewart had no hesitation in recommending the plans for refusal.

He said on Monday: "I find this absolutely unbelievable - it's trying to fit a quart into a pint pot.

"There are no amenity facilities and no parking facilities.

"And what really gets me is in the design statement it says that that there is no parking but the flats will benefit from on road parking and say's that due to the central location and the lower value of the flats they will undoubtedly attract a tenant that that will not have the need for or probably be able to afford a car.

"I am going to refuse this."

Cllr Steve Gazzard said: "I endorse everything my colleague has said."

The plans will be considered by East Devon planners.


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