Second bid for Avenues care home

A SECOND bid by a former nurse to build a huge new care home in the Avenues is being debated by town planners on Monday.

A SECOND bid by a former nurse to build a huge new care home in the Avenues is being debated by town planners on Monday.

Owners of the Brandon House care home in Douglas Avenue, Wendy Marsh and her husband are applying to build a 24 bed care home - and demolish the existing care home at Sheridan 10C Douglas Avenue.

In January 2008 they had applied to build a pre-fabricated 22-room care home designed in Germany, which could be erected in less than a month.

But the town council recommended refusal because the modern nature of the design would be 'out of character' with the architecturally older Avenues area and would have a detrimental effect on neighbours by blocking out light.


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There were also concerns about a lack of parking paces and that the design was out of keeping with the area - an assertion also backed by district planners.

They felt that 'exposed timber frames', flat roof and overhanging eves were out of place.

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They appealed and lost - and now they have gone back to the drawing board and hope they are successful at the second time of asking.

The new plans, according to the design statement, have been 'comprehensively reworked' and are a 'good example of architecture that respects its settings and contributes in a positive way to the future character of the Avenues..."

Improvements include better access, more off-street car parking and the external appearance is called a 'modern interpretation of the Avenues style.'

Town planners will debate the plans on Monday night, before giving their recommendation to East Devon District Council.

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