This is all wrong

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 March 2013

Re: Planning Application No 13/04941/MFUL Whitbread - Premier Inn

I wish to make a formal objection to the above application on behalf of myself and of the many citizens of Exmouth who share my views.

No longer are we to be recognised by our elegant Georgian terraces as Exmouth-on-Sea.

Instead we shall become known as “Poirot-On-Sea” by the construction of an overbearing Art Deco-reminiscent structure that resembles a cross between an Agatha Christie film set and a Metropolitan tube station!

In fact, any large building imposed on the Elizabeth Hall site to replace that modest reminder of Exmouth’s historical past, is destined to look out of place.

Too wide, too tall, too much in-one’s-face, the design, the size and the footprint are wrong.

Secondly, in terms of car parking spaces, destruction of trees and amenities, it is also overbearing and wrong.

As the public toilets on the site will not be replaced for some time, visitors taken short on the windy Esplanade will be obliged to “pop in to the Premier Inn”, a consequence which I am sure Whitbread would regard as undesirable.

Thirdly, the proposed provision of “public” rooms does not constitute an adequate replacement for the community facility which is to be destroyed, so that too is wrong.

Finally, it is my firm belief that this proposal represents an unsustainable development by virtue of the fact that its location is unlikely to fill its rooms consistently to a sufficient percentage of occupation for the business to be successful over a period of years, bearing in mind the plentiful supply of alternative hotel accommodation in the neighbourhood, particularly of the bed-and-breakfast category.

All our multiple Master and Local Plans (of which there are far too many and which are full of waffle), lay an emphasis on sustainable development.

I believe that this is not one of them.

Janet T Sawyer

Hamilton Lane


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