Town council opposes sorting office conversion plans

PUBLISHED: 12:36 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:52 23 May 2017

The old sorting office in Budleigh. Ref exb 02-17TI 5334. Picture: Terry Ife

The old sorting office in Budleigh. Ref exb 02-17TI 5334. Picture: Terry Ife

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An application to convert Budleigh Salterton’s old sorting office into a pub and restaurant has drawn opposition from the town council’s planning committee.

Members this week voted to oppose the proposals over concerns that a planned roof terrace would lead to a loss of amenity for neighbours.

Councillor Courtney Richards, chairman of the planning committee, said: “The reservation I have is the roof terrace possibly being used for smoking.

“That is the only fly I can see in this particular ointment.”

Councillors also said they welcomed the application in principal.

Deputy mayor Cllr Tom Wright added: “There is nothing wrong with Budleigh becoming a centre for eating.”

Cllr Steve Hall also asked if the King George V insignia, mounted on outside of the former sorting office, could be preserved ‘in some way’.

East Devon District Council will have the final say on the application.

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