'Smell and noise' for neighbours

PUBLISHED: 16:04 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

THE conversion of a former toy shop in Rolle Street into a restaurant has been recommended for refusal by town planners. The owners of 30 Rolle Street, formerly Toy Master, had applied for a change of use into a restaurant. But businesswoman Sarah Simcock

THE conversion of a former toy shop in Rolle Street into a restaurant has been recommended for refusal by town planners.The owners of 30 Rolle Street, formerly Toy Master, had applied for a change of use into a restaurant.But businesswoman Sarah Simcock, from nearby Caramel Clothing, had concerns about the direction Exmouth was heading in: "The town is already very well served by restaurants and takeaways. "This area of Rolle Street is seeing some early signs of progress with new businesses choosing Rolle Street as their preferred location."Allowing another retail unit to change to a restaurant will not fit into the town plan...is Exmouth not trying to attract more retailers? Or are we only trying to attract large supermarkets?"Councillor Steve Gazzard had concerns that a restaurant would affect neighbours: "I recommend refusal. "I have concerns about the change in use."I believe the unit should be kept for retail use. "Where the extraction fan is going to go is in direct line with where neighbours have their windows open - there will be excessive smell and noise."He added that there is 'a very small alleyway' for access - but when in use late at night the sound would be like an 'echo chamber'.The plans will be considered by district planners.

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