Town councillors say 'no' to new building in St. Johns Road

PUBLISHED: 11:50 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 10 June 2010

COUNCILLORS have refused to endorse plans to replace a cottage with a new building in Brixington because of concerns over access and its departure from established planning guidelines.

COUNCILLORS have refused to endorse plans to replace a 'cottage' with a new building in Brixington because of concerns over access and its departure from established planning guidelines.

The owners of St Johns Lodge, St Johns Road, have applied to demolish the existing cottage and garage, remove the existing mobile home and build a replacement dwelling.

Architect Robert Burford said that the new building would provide additional accommodation for the main house - currently facilitated by a caravan and small cottage.

Ian Cann, the secretary of The Exmouth Society, said: "We raise objection to this application on the grounds that there is already a dangerous access from St. John's Cottage itself without increasing the speed flows from it onto a narrow lane where traffic, although restricted by a speed limit, does have a tendency to travel quickly.

"The site is outside the area zoned in the Local Plan, for development of residential properties."

He added that the plan gave the impression that a cottage currently existed and was going to be replaced:

"However we understand that the building that is to be replaced is a single roomed structure and therefore quite unable to meet any housing fitness standard and cannot be therefore classified as a dwelling and as such cannot be therefore 'replaced' with another dwelling."

Cllr Madeline Chapman said: "We are going to object to this application.

"It is not part of the local plan for residential development."

The plans will now be decided by district planners.

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