Plans for a new cricket ground have bowled over Budleigh Salterton town councillors – who welcomed the bid by exclaiming: “At last!”
Proposals for the sports facility on land north of South Farm Cottages, off East Budleigh Road, feature two pitches, a pavilion, car parking, equipment store and netting.
The move would end years of flooding misery for the town’s cricket club.
Budleigh Salterton Town Council’s planning committee supported the application by Clinton Devon Estates at a meeting last night (Monday).
Mayor Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt said: “At last! It’s been something we have been waiting for, for a long time.
“At least you won’t be up to your knees in water.”
Cllr Lynda Evans added: “Let’s give them our full backing and get this club up and running.”
The meeting heard the East Budleigh parish had asked for the town council’s views as part of its Neighbourhood Plan.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) will decide the fate of the application.
“The reason that the cricket club needs to relocate is that the existing ground is at sea level and has been affected on several occasions by catastrophic flooding,” say the plans.
Chartered architects Club Design Ltd tells EDDC in the application: “This site, if developed as a cricket facility, would not be affected in that way.”
Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club is currently located to the east of the town and west of the River Otter.
The site is below sea level and suffers flooding on an increasing basis, with the ground often waterlogged.
Flooding at the site was so catastrophic in 2008 and 2012 that water reached as high as the roof of the clubhouse.
Blueprints for the new ground have been designed to meet the criteria of Sport England and the ECB.