PUBLISHED: 07:10 30 March 2013
I have just submitted my objection to the Premier Inn application for Exmouth seafront, echoed by many others on the council's planning website, http://planning.eastdevon.gov.uk using application code 13/0494/MFUL.
Hopefully the majority of enraged Exmouth residents and visitors can unite to object to this monstrosity.
I am not confrontational or militant, but I really feel this would be a blot on the beautiful unique landscape.
My objection reads as follows:
Like others who have a passion for delightful Exmouth, I would like to register my objection to this planning application for a Premier Inn, which would be a blot on the landscape, on the seafront.
Not only will it obliterate the view of the Grade II listed buidlings on The Beacon, admired by those walking along the promenade by the Clocktower, but also the views now enjoyed by residents of flats and houses on The Beacon, many of whom must have purchased their properties for the prime reason of enjoying the views across the sea, Dawlish Warren and beyond.
In the knowledge that residents are not entitled to a view but are entitled to light, I still feel that the construction of this large four-storey building has given little consideration to those who live in this lovely traditional seaside resort.
The amenities to be offered by the Premier Inn, such as a restaurant and coffee shop, will adversely affect the neighbouring businesses.
Premier Inns are ideal in the right place, such as cities or larger towns where businessmen/women spend perhaps one or two nights, not for families, couples or groups who want to spend a week or two in Exmouth.
The Elizabeth Hall is a landmark on the Exmouth seafront providing a community atmosphere for residents and visitors, where people meet, chat and enjoy the regular table sales and Sunday lunches.
Please submit my objection to your collection and, although I feel that this project is done and dusted, we in Exmouth need to unite to make known our sadness at losing a lovely hall and seeing the plans for a vast hotel.