Protect our town
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 November 2013
The future of Budleigh Salterton’s Conservation Area hangs in the balance, awaiting the decision of East Devon District Council (EDDC) councillors on November 12, about an application to demolish part of 29 Victoria Place and build in its rear garden.
Legislation requires that any development should be complementary to the character of the Conservation Area and make a positive contribution to its appearance. Conservation Areas are meant to be protected from damage by insensitive and inappropriate development.
Despite being aware of the precedent that approval would create, EDDC’s conservation officer deems the proposed house ‘acceptable’ and officials are recommending acceptance, although details of the report are not yet available on line.
The Government’s Localism agenda suggests that power be exercised at the lowest practical level, close to the people who are affected by the decisions and Budleigh Salterton Town Council opposed the application unanimously.
Let’s hope all the councillors on the development management committee take their responsibilities seriously and protect our town.
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