New Exmouth care home plan fails to win over town representatives as it’s ‘in the wrong place’

Plans for a new care home in Exmouth have been slammed by town councillors – because the scheme is ‘in the wrong place’.

Concerns over a lack of parking and its location on a busy street were also raised when proposals for a change of use at 63 Exeter Road were debated last night.

Kahanah Care is seeking permission to use the house and its annex as a nine-bed residential care home. The firm already runs the Miramar home in the same road.

Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee ruled it could not support the scheme.

Councillor Fred Caygill said: “It is totally the wrong place for a residential care home, in fact it was a residential house.

“It was done up by builders and one always assumed it was going to be done up to be a residential house, not a care home.”

Cllr Cherry Nicholas added: “I can’t ever remember it coming to us as a care home.

“Previously it was a house of multiple occupancy. That’s what they originally started with.”

Cllr Tim Dumper was absent from the meeting, but registered his objection –  saying he could not approve of the site being used as a care home

Exmouth Town Council office manager Sue Cody said: “He [Cllr Dumer] believes it is completely in the wrong position on a main road, very near a church, shops etc, without any realistic parking needed by those who are maybe significantly disabled.”

Sixty-three Exeter Road was described as an ‘incredibly rare opportunity to purchase a completely refurbished freehold property providing versatile accommodation suitable for a number of different uses’ when it went on the market for £550,000.

Kahanah Care’s plans state: “Our application is to change the existing residential property into a registered care home…to be registered with the Care Quality Commission as an extra location to our already-established home in Exmouth.”

The firm says in its application that it has exchanged contracts on 63 Exeter Road and is waiting to complete its purchase.

Miramar residential home, at 145 Exeter Road, was rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC following its latest inspection in February.

Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee said it could not support the bid on the grounds of it being the wrong location, near a main road and without adequate parking.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) will decide the fate of the application.

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