‘Outstanding’ Sidmouth care home given green light to extend accommodation

A Sidmouth care home, rated ‘outstanding’, has been granted Listed Building Consent to demolish a flat to make way for a single-storey five-bedroom extension and two-storey lift extension.

Plans for the project at Arcot House were previously approved but the applicant sought to make ‘minor, improved design changes’.

The application, recommended for approval by Sidmouth Town Council, was submitted to make changes to the design of the additional accommodation at the home.

In a planning officer’s report, it was stated: “The design of the doors and windows have been simplified and are of a more sympathetic style that complements the architectural period of the main listed building.

“An addition is the stone terrace and path that will create external seating space for the new rooms.”

Historic floor tiles in the building’s Loggia should be stored securely during the works or replace life for like, the report said.

East Devon District Council further supported the removal of a ramp in the care home’s dining room, saying the change would return the room closer to its original form.

Arcot House currently provides care for 23 residents and is part of the Doveleigh Care company.

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