Town centre flats not supported

Proposals to build a three-storey block of flats next to an Exmouth town centre conservation area have not been backed by town planners.

They said the five flats proposed at the rear of 85 Fore Street would be taller than neighbouring homes.

Developers have applied for outline planning permission – permission ‘in principle’– which includes demolishing existing outbuildings.

Neighbour Mr D Nutt spoke at the town planning meeting on Monday.

He said: “The initial application was for two cottages - now it is for five flats in a three-storey building.

“It would be a third taller than neighbouring buildings. The effect would be quite dramatic.”

Cllr Trevor Cope said: “This should be refused and referred to the development management committee.

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“This building would block the natural light.”

East Devon District Council planners will now consider the application.