Pub and eatery bid for Budleigh’s old sorting office

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 16 May 2017

The old sorting office in Budleigh. Ref exb 02-17TI 5334. Picture: Terry Ife

The old sorting office in Budleigh. Ref exb 02-17TI 5334. Picture: Terry Ife

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An iconic Budleigh Salterton building could be transformed into a pub and restaurant if plans are given the go-ahead.

Proposals have been submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC) for a change of use of the former sorting office in High Street.

It is proposed the premises becomes a two-storey pub and restaurant with a residential apartment.

The sorting office was closed by Royal Mail last year in favour of moving its Budleigh operations to Exmouth.

Mayor Councillor Alan Dent has welcomed the plans, saying a business moving into the empty building will be good for the town’s economy.

He added: “The old sorting office is designed for employment and the plan for a pub/restaurant will accommodate that – we all welcome that.”

If given the go-ahead, the pub will have a main bar and restaurant area, a smaller bar or lounge area and a beer garden to the rear.

There will also be a first-floor roof terrace, a secondary first-floor overflow bar area, a function room and an office.

A spokesman for Budleigh Salterton Chamber of Commerce welcomed the plans. He said: “The chamber is happy to hear that the old post office building is going to be used at last. The commercial part of town must continue to grow and we will welcome new businesses.

“We will support any new business in any way we can and we look forward to welcoming this new business.

“We will still continue to support our current pubs in and around the town.”

EDDC will decide on the application.

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