Regatta Court is an eyesore

It takes some talent to wreck one of the UK s greatest natural settings, but the 2009 Eyesore Award must surely go to property developers Eagle One.

It takes some talent to wreck one of the UK's greatest natural settings, but the 2009 Eyesore Award must surely go to property developers Eagle One. Regatta Court is the final piece of their marina jigsaw and it tells you a great deal about the damage that developers can inflict in the hunt for ever-greater profits.

How on earth did they ever get planning permission for six storeys? What kind of stewardship permits a scale like this? And who chose that hideous shade of terracotta red?

Regatta Court dwarfs everything around it, a monument to bad taste, and a planning culture that puts developers in the driving seat.

In their defence, local authorities would point out that money for major projects is extremely hard to raise. That may well be true, but the sad fact is that, under the current arrangements, we are all taken for a ride.

Graham Hurley

4 The Beacon, Exmouth.