We need the development

PUBLISHED: 16:08 18 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

Longboat Cafe development: we are at great risk of a herd mentality of let's object it must be ghastly because that s what we have been told or heard on the rumour mill". I have read all the comments submitted so far and also looked closely at the dra

Longboat Cafe development: we are at great risk of a herd mentality of "let's object - it must be ghastly because that's what we have been told or heard on the rumour mill". I have read all the comments submitted so far and also looked closely at the drawings and submissions. It is a real pleasure to see a proposed development which will provide an all-year-round facility to eat, drink and relax within a beautiful building with a stunning vista. We need such development for ourselves as Budleigh residents and business proprietors and to provide, at last, a high-quality restaurant and cafe for visitors. Its proximity to Lime Kilns car park will provide plenty of safe off-road parking.We really have to move on from the stodgy "let's not change anything because we want to protect our investments in Marine Parade" and "we don't want anybody else to enjoy the view - just the select few". Budleigh is beautiful and has immense charm and I do not propose losing that, but we need to advance. Other resorts have moved on and not lost their character and charm.The objection that this development will lead to a wholesale development of the seafront is completely invalid. Firstly, there are no other properties on the coast path that could be developed and, in any case, we have elected our representatives to protect our interests and they would not allow that wholesale development.I look forward to the balanced review process and hope we can have a speedy approval and let's all be able to enjoy the visual pleasures of the Jurassic Coast that this stunning location will provide.Mike Clarke,Pooh Cottage, Bear Lane,Budleigh Salterton.

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