A former retirement home in Teignmouth will be demolished and turned into apartments.
Teignbridge District Council’s planning committee approved a scheme that will see 10 new two and three-bed apartments built on the site of the Neilston Retirement Hotel in Woodway Road, but only if an affordable housing contribution of £86,431 is provided.
Officers had recommended that a Section 106 agreement for the scheme to make an affordable housing contribution of £37,500 was signed, but councillors wanted a much higher figure, with a total liability of £172,863 if the target of 25 per cent affordable homes or off-site contributions for Teignmouth was to be met.
Cllr Jackie Hook said: “I have no objection to the scheme as such but I do want to mention affordable housing. There is a huge shortage of affordable housing in Teignmouth so we should be pushing for more.”
Cllr Dave Rollason added: “The figure proposed is barely enough for a shed on a yet-to-be determined site elsewhere.”
Cllr Jacqui Orme proposed that the scheme only be supported if they pay for one affordable unit, which would be a contribution of £86,431.
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The scheme would see the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a three storey apartment building containing 10 new two and three-bed apartments, plus 18 car parking spaces and two double garages.
Councillors had previously been on a site visit and raised no objections to the principle of the application, with Cllr Charlie Dennis said that the building has deteriorated, is past its best and at present it is a ‘sad thing to see’.
Recommending approval, council planners said: “The early 20th century building, which is currently a vacant care home, and that has been significantly extended and altered over the years, is now tired and in a poor state of repair.
“Its replacement with 10 apartments of a contemporary appearance plus associated parking provision would accord with the policies of the Local Plan and the design of the scheme is such that it would not have a significant detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the area or the amenity of adjacent residential occupier.”
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John Collar, representing the developer, said that they were keen to deliver quality over quantity.
With the amended affordable housing contribution, councillors voted by 13 votes to four to approve the application.
Other decisions made at the planning meeting on Tuesday morning were to change the use of a unit of the Tunnicliffe building in Dawlish to become an office and to convert the ground floor of a property in Mill Lane, Teignmouth, into a flat.
Councillors will go on a site visit to Kits Close in Chudleigh after a scheme for a single storey rear extension, a two storey side extension and raising of roof to form additional accommodation, and to Thornley Drive in Teignmouth, after plans for a dwelling in a garden were both deferred.
They also agreed to defer taking enforcement action on land Bakers Yard, Forders Lane, Bishopsteignton, for a further month, to allow more clarity over the proposed purchase of the land.
A plan to convert a unit at the Broadmeadow Industrial Estate into a boxing gym was also approved.
A boxing gym will help tackle the anti-social behaviour of ‘young people running amok’ in Teignmouth – and it will be opened by the World’s Strongest Man.
A currently unused warehouse at the Broadmeadow Industrial Estate will be turned into a boxing gym and strength and conditioning suite after Teignbridge District Council unanimously approved the change of use application.
The applicants, PB Suite Ltd, have already signed Heads of Terms on the lease for the unit, and they hope to offer youngsters use of the facilities for free.
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A grand opening celebration will take place Saturday, February 23, from 1pm, when Eddie Hall aka ‘The Beast’ and 2017’s World’s Strongest Man and the only person to ever deadlift 500kg – half a ton) will officially open the gym.
Documents submitted with the application had said: “A programme targeted at young people will help them explore the strength and combat sports sector in a safe environment, and we would seek match funding to cover membership costs, allowing young people from Teignmouth to use the facilities for free.
“Consultation with local community groups, including Teignmouth traders associated and the PCSO team, has identified a group of young people to support and the community development offer has been well received and is expected to contribute to the reduction of anti-social behaviour in the town.”
Recommending approval, council officers said: “The proposed youth development programme could potentially have long term economic and social benefits by supporting young people in the town.”
Councillors threw their full support behind the plans at Tuesday morning’s planning meeting.
Cllr David Cox said: “I strongly support the application. The community benefit is huge and links in with work the PCSOs are doing. Boxing has made a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour on the Kingsway estate, and the facility will benefit the wider community. We are quite excited by this. I think it is a win-win, so what is not to like.”
Cllr Jacqui Orme said: “I fully support this. We have a very well-known issue with young people running amok in Teignmouth so this will fill a gap here.”
Cllr Phil Bullivant, who is the portfolio holder for recreation and leisure, said he welcomed any facility that are introduced to provide facilities for young people to take advantage of.
He added: “The success of the fight club in Newton Abbot started by Cllr Reg Winsor and the huge increase in attendance shows there is a need and we are crying out for this sort of facility.”
Speaking to the committee, Nina Jeffries, from PB Suite Ltd, said that as well as being a boxing gym with specialist equipment, they would also offer remedial therapy alongside a community program. She added that 10 jobs had already been created, which would eventually rise to 20, and there would be investment made in the community program, and that and it’s their goal for the gym to become an asset in the community.
Henry Jeffries added: “The support from the local community has been fantastic. We’re honoured to be hosting the opening celebrations for the gym and can’t wait to start helping our members achieve their health and fitness goals. The gym itself sleek and modern yet inviting and welcoming and it brings a much needed service to the community.”
The change of use application was unanimously approved.
A sofa fire was stopped from spreading throughout a house in Devon when the blaze was quickly tackled by fire crews.
The fire service received a call reporting a fire in the ground floor living room of a detached house in Fordens Lane, Holcombe, at 1.45pm yesterday, January 19.
A crew from Dawlish and Teignmouth were sent to the scene and once they arrived, addition back up was requested with a crew from Torquay and Newton Abbot mobilised.
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The fire gutted the sofa and smoke caused eighty per cent smoke and heat damage to the lounge. Slight smoke damage was also caused to the rest of the property.
The crews used four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets, one safety jet and one covering jet to extinguish the fire and one positive pressure ventilation fan, thermal imaging camera and small tools to make the property safe.
The average price for property in Devon stands at £295,229 in January 2019, according to property website Zoopla.
For some looking for a bigger home for a growing family or to take their first step on the property ladder a home for almost £300,000 will be completely out of reach, so it’s good to know that Devon still offers some great properties for sale for well under £200,000.
Across the region you can choose from village, town, seaside and city homes offering a mix of parking, gardens, period features, modern fittings, and spectacular views.
With prices from £149,950 to £199,950, here are just 15 of the fabulous properties for sale in Devon for under £200,000.
This delightful and spacious cottage in Chudleigh has two bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge, and a kitchen and diner.
The South Devon property also offers parking for one small car and is a short walk from the town centre. It is being sold with no onward chain. Call Woods’ Chudleigh office (01626 853940) for more details.
This rarely available two double bedroom detached coach house on Raleigh Drive benefits from triple garages.
The freehold Mid Devon property is offered to the market in excellent decorative order throughout, with gas central heating and uPVC double glazing. Call Wilkie May & Tuckwood on 01884 38832 for more details.
Here is a chance to buy a newly converted apartment in the popular seaside resort of Teignmouth.
Apartment No.5 at Mardon House is suitable for a variety of uses, including rental or holiday letting, and benefits from a large bay window, vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.
The apartment is the last available in the building and whoever reserves the property in January 2019 could receive a furniture package (T&Cs apply). Call Wilkinson Grant & Co (01392 427500) for more details.
Are you looking for a rural property that needs updating? Available with no chain and set in an unspoilt quiet rural village setting, this traditional two bedroom mid-terrace cottage comes with good-sized gardens and communal parking and could be the project for you.
No.2 Bray Town Cottage at High Bray has lots of potential and would make an ideal first home. Call Webbers in South Molton (01769 573181) for more details.
Guide price £195,000
With stunning views on the edge of the Mid Devon town of Tiverton, this semi-detached bungalow at Sideling Fields has three bedrooms, a refitted shower room, a kitchen and dining room, utility, and front and rear gardens.
The Mid Devon bungalow also has gas central heating, double glazing and boasts an elevated position with spectacular views. Call Stags in Tiverton (01884 235705) for more details.
Guide price £195,000
In the heart of leafy St Leonards in Exeter, this spacious first floor flat is close to the village-style shops of Magdalen Road.
The well-appointed accommodation includes an open plan study area, a sitting room with pleasant outlook, a double bedroom, kitchen and dining room and a modern bathroom.
To book your viewing of No.1 Westgrove Road contact Weekes Estate Agents on 01392 459922.
This lovely double-fronted two bedroom Victorian cottage within reasonable walking distance of the town centre and harbourside could make a perfect ‘lock it and leave it’ holiday home or investment property.
Presented to a high standard, No.6 Prospect Road comprises a bright dual-aspect lounge with a feature wood-burning stove, a modern fitted kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a sunny rear terrace and a covered wood store. Call Churchill’s (01803 882671) for more details.
Guide price £199,950
This beautifully presented red brick three bedroom end of terrace property is conveniently situated in the popular Moorhayes area of Tiverton in Mid Devon.
The Waylands Road home has an enclosed garden, parking for two cars and a garage.
It could be an ideal investment opportunity or first time buy, and is offered for sale with no onward chain. Call Greenslade Taylor Hunt (01884 243000) for more details.
Here is a chance to buy a well-presented character cottage in a busy village with a rail link to Exeter.
Weavers Cottage has a large sitting room with woodburner, a kitchen and breakfast room with an Aga, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a garden. It even has a garage. Call Drew Pearce (01392 201748) for more information.
This well-presented two double bedroom terraced property in a popular residential area has a garden to the rear and allocated parking, and represents an ideal first time purchase or investment opportunity.
For more information or to arrange a viewing of the property at Chelmsford Road, Redhills, please call Fraser & Wheeler on 01392 420410.
Here is a great opportunity to purchase a well-maintained three bedroom family home in Ilfracombe. No.6 Shaftesbury Road is in a quiet, family-friendly, private cul-de-sac, close to the town centre.
The accommodation includes an entrance hall with a beautiful original mosaic tiled floor, a lounge with an antique cast iron fireplace and timber flooring, a dining room, a modern kitchen and a utility.
Upstairs there is a family bathroom and three bedrooms. The rear courtyard has beautiful views. To find out more, call Turners on 01271 866421.
This attractively priced modern two bedroom home offers fair-sized accommodation including an open plan lounge and diner and excellent off-road parking with space for two to three cars.
No.7 Banksia Close also has front and rear gardens, a modern fitted combination boiler and PVCu double glazing.
The property is considered ideal for someone wanting an easy to run home in a good area. Call Watts & Sons (01884 253484) for more details.
You could enjoy super open views towards St Marys and Southdown Hills from this Brixham house. The end of terrace house on Hillside Road has been redecorated and updated and is in ‘move-in’ condition.
Inside there is a cloakroom, a dual aspect lounge, a kitchen and diner, two bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Outside, there is parking for two to three vehicles and an enclosed rear garden. Call Winkworth Torbay (01803 444595) for more details.
Offers in the region of £149,950
This charming three bedroom home in Bideford is just a short stroll to the town’s facilities.
The well-planned accommodation boasts open-plan living to the ground floor with a kitchen/lounge/diner, while the first floor provides three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The Meddon Street property also has a manageable rear garden and would be an ideal first home, downsize property or sound buy-to-let investment. Call Morris and Bott (01237 459998) to find out more.
At the very end of Derick Road with no passing traffic and a pleasant front outlook, No.43 Derick Road is a modernised three bedroom family home.
The house offers well-proportioned accommodation and has been updated throughout. Call Seddons in Tiverton (01884 253500) to find out more.
A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the South Devon Coast at high tide today from Start Point to Dawlish Warren.
People are being advised to stay away from exposed areas and take care this afternoon. A number of trains have been cancelled and others will be delayed because of forecast severe weather in Devon. Heavy rain is forecast for parts of Devon – including Dawlish – at around 4pm.
Winds are expected to gust at more than 30mph from the south and south west.
The Environment Agency said: “Be prepared. Flooding is possible over the high tide on Friday afternoon. High water at Exmouth is at 4:10pm, times of high water will vary along the coast. “Strong force six southerly winds and offshore wave heights of around 2m are forecast to cause some wave and sea spray overtopping of sea defences, particularly in exposed coastal locations.
“Expect tides to be around 0.3m higher than predicted due to weather conditions.”
The Environment Agency says flooding is possible to east facing coastal locations including Hallsands, Beesands, Torcross, Slapton, Blackpool Sands, Brixham, Broadsands, Goodrington, Paignton, Hollicombe, Torquay, Oddicombe, Teignmouth Promenade and Dawlish.
People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio and the internet. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue an update on Saturday morning. Flood alerts are not expected to remain in place all weekend. The forecast high tide level at Exmouth is 1.57m which is 0.3 metres above astronomical tide level.
A number of trains have been cancelled and others will be delayed because of forecast severe weather in Devon.
CrossCountry says it will not operate services between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Friday, January 18.
A statement issued by the company reads: “Severe weather is forecast in south west of England today. This means that a reduced CrossCountry service will be in operation at Dawlish during high tide, as waves can over-top the exposed sea wall.
“CrossCountry services will not run between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids between approximately 13:30 and 16:30 today.”
GWR services are expected to run as normal and CrossCountry tickets will be accepted.
If you wish to use local buses as an alternative means of transport and the local bus is not accepting Great Western tickets, please keep the bus ticket and send it, together with your rail ticket, to Great Western Railway for a refund.
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A solicitor gave up a 17-year life in law to become a WW Wellness Coach after losing an incredible five stone.
Mum of two, Cathi Jones, 42, from Shaldon has been a WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) coach since March 2018 after leaving her solicitor firm where she was the head of an employment department.
She said: “I went into law to help people but over the years I had gone from acting for individuals to advising on multi-million-pound deals and mainly acting for companies. I helped my firm set up a great women’s networking group, Women in Torbay and Totnes, with the aim of inspiring women in business and providing mentor support. I then realised that I was enjoying this part of the job more than the corporate work I was undertaking.
“I had joined WW about 20 years ago and got within ½ pound of my goal weight, but then university got in the way and I stopped going. I met my husband and gained ½ stone – thereabouts – for every year we have been together over 16 years. During that time my husband has always said how beautiful I was and never commented on my weight. I convinced myself I was happy the way I was.
“However, during Christmas 2016 my husband bought me a personalised desk calendar with photos of my family and I in. I should have loved this thoughtful present, but I didn’t. I hated the photo on my birthday month so much I stuck another picture of my parents over it. The picture showed my children and I opening presents from that same year, but I didn’t recognise the person in it. I realised that I was embarrassed by the picture and I really had to do something.”
Cathi joined a WW class and was coached by Rachel Coppen who inspired her to focus on small goas and celebrated those with her.
“When I struggled or had a blip, she was there for me and always seemed to know the best way to support me going forward,” Cathi said. “Since joining Weight Watchers I have nearly lost five stone. I am still on my journey as I am not at goal yet and I still enjoy going to my class.
“Having lost weight, I now have so much energy and love clothes shopping again. I have more confidence than before – even though I would not have said I was an unconfident person. WW has given me so much
“After seeing an online recruitment advert for WW I realised that this was the going to be the job for me. All the care and support I had been given was exactly what I wanted to be doing for others. I applied last November and have not looked back since.
“My first class was meant to be on March 1 2018, however the snow came and all the roads around me were closed so I ended up having to cancel my first class but I managed to call the members and supported them over the phone.
“It is the best decision I could have ever made. I love my role, supporting my members, celebrating their success and being there for them when they need some extra coaching.”
Cathi now coaches at classes in the area, including:
St Pauls Church, Torquay Road, Preston, Paignton, TQ3 2DH, Monday at 1.00pm
St Lukes Church (lower hall) Warren Road, Torquay, TQ25NX Tuesday at 5.30pm
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Church End Road, Kingskerswell, TQ12 5LD, Wednesday at 6.15pm
Thieves have been caught on camera breaking into a Teignmouth community centre.
The two hooded burglars smashed their way into Richard Newton Hall in Teignmouth, taking cash from behind the bar and charity collection boxes.
The centre in Higher Buckeridge was broken into in the early hours of Sunday, at just after 5am.
The CCTV shows the pair running away and then coming back moments later.
The community centre in Higher Buckeridge Road shared pictures on Facebook and said: “These are the low lives that feel it’s acceptable to break in and steal money from us and the charities we support. Total scum.”
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A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called at 10am on Sunday 13 January following reports of a burglary at Richard Newton Hall, Teignmouth. “It was reported that unknown offenders had forced entry to the building and taken items including cash. “Anyone who witnessed the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CR/003890/19.”
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Dog walkers have been thrown a bone by councillors after they overturned a bid to impose £100 on-the-spot fines if owners walked more than four dogs at one time.
It would have been one of eight new controls that will come into force in Teignbridge from April 1, 2019, with £100 on-the-spot fines to be issued to offenders.
Seven of the controls in the public space protection order had been agreed – six at the Teignbridge District Council executive meeting in October and bringing the summer dog beach ban forward to April 1 was agreed at December’s executive meeting following a call-in of the initial decision.
But Teignbridge councillors at Monday’s full council meeting agreed that they were barking up the wrong tree with the proposed restriction of four dogs to be walked at once. Instead, councillors voted for the restriction to be six.
When introduced from April 1, 2019, the PSPO will mean:
• You must pick up after your dog in public places • Dogs aren’t allowed in areas signed as dog exclusion areas (for example, children’s play parks) • Dogs aren’t allowed on beaches at Dawlish Warren, Dawlish Town, Dawlish Coryton Cove, Teignmouth Town and Shaldon from April 1 to September 30 • Dogs must be kept on a lead in certain areas • Dogs must be kept on leads when walking next to a road, on footpaths next to the road or on cyclepaths. • Where a dog is being a nuisance or annoying to people or other animals, people must put their dog on a lead if asked to do so by a council officer or police officer. • One person can only walk a maximum of six dogs at a time. • You must carry sufficient dog poo bags
Anyone breaching any of the eight controls are liable for £100 on-the-spot fines.
Cllr Alistair Dewhirst, who had led the call-in of the executive’s decision to limit the number of dogs, said that the council by restricting the number to four dogs was saying that dog walking businesses in the area were not important to them. He said: “Dog walkers will have to increase rates by a third and many clients will no longer be able to walk their dogs professionally.
“There are no complaints about professional dog walkers. Do we allow them to have the ability to walk six dogs at a time and monitor it over the year, or do we follow the executive who on a whim plumped for four. We should set the limit at six, the same as East Devon District Council do, and ask scrutiny to monitor it overt the year.”
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Cllr John Nutley added that he was speaking on behalf of all those who walks dogs professionally, saying that the PSPO would destroy their livelihoods by only allowing four dogs to be walked at once. He said: “We have 74 businesses who either walk or care for dogs – do we want to put them out of business? It is not just them who will suffer but those who are elderly and cannot walk their dogs or those who are working all day, who would either have to find their dog another home or have them shut in home all day and that is unfair.”
Cllr Sally Morgan said that the four dog ruling would put people out of business as they would no longer be able to make a living out of it, Cllr Alan Connett said that you need to be able to walk six dogs at once to make a business viable, while Cllr Mike Haines said that it would be better for the restriction to be six at the moment and then could be dropped to four the following year, if the evidence presented to the review group that will look at the success of the PSPO warranted it.
And councillors asked questioned the fact that there was nothing in the budget for more dog wardens, as at present, there are only three enforcement wardens to cover the district of Teignbridge, which includes Newton Abbot and stretches from Exminster near Exeter in the north to Buckfastleigh and Ashburton in the west, and south to Dawlish and Teignmouth.
Cllr Alison Eden said: “We heard earlier there is no money for more dog wardens. It is extraordinary that we are not putting the money where we need it, but are punishing entrepreneurs pointlessly,” while Cllr Mike Hocking added: “We have not got enough dog wardens and we need people out there who will make the regulations stand up.”
The portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, Cllr Sylvia Russell, told councillors that the recommendation of four dogs came about after public consultation in 2017. More than 2,000 responses were received, where 50 per cent through that the limit should be three dogs and once, 23 per cent said it should be four, while only two per cent said that they thought six dogs could be controlled at once.
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Cllr Humphrey Clemens added: “There are people who are competent to walk six dogs at once. But does going with that mean that if I pass an advanced driving test, I can drive at 90mph on the motorway as I am more qualified to do so? The number of four was chosen based on the number from the public consultation.”
But councillors voted by 19 votes to three, with 19 abstentions all from the ruling Conservatives, to amend the PSPO so that the restriction on the number of dogs to be walked at once was six.
The PSPO came after Teignbridge made a commitment to review its policy on dog fouling and restricted access across the district’s open spaces and beaches through its 10-year Council Strategy, a long-term plan of action aimed at making Teignbridge and healthy and more desirable place where people want to live, work and visit.
The benefit of a PSPO to residents of Teignbridge is that officers will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to those caught ignoring the rules on dog fouling and controls, a council spokesman said after the meeting. They added: “This is a quick resolution however persistent offenders can still be prosecuted. The PSPO sets one standard across the district rather than the inconsistent approach currently in place.”
Cllr Jeremy Christophers, leader of the council, added: “We want a cleaner and safer district without dog attacks or dog fouling. If you let your dog foul, you will be fined £100, and that is what the people want to see.”
The A380 northbound is blocked this morning because of a crash involving three cars.
It happened at near Ashcombe at around 7.30am, between B3192 (Ashcombe / Teignmouth turn off, Ashcombe ) and A380 (Haldon Services turn off, Kennford ).
Traffic website Inrix says traffic is stationary in the area following the crash.
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