A bid to build a one-bedroom cottage in the courtyard behind the former Lloyds Bank in Budleigh Salterton has been rejected.
Plans for the two-storey dwelling at 8 Fore Street were refused over concerns a development on such a small plot would be ‘cramped’.
Separate permission had already been granted in February for the bank building itself to be redeveloped into five apartments and a shop.
Applicant Mr S Thorneywork subsequently asked East Devon District Council (EDDC) for the go-ahead to build a one-bedroom cottage.
Three parking spaces would have been lost as part of the scheme.
Refusing the proposals under delegated powers, an EDDC officers said: “The application has received opposition from the town council and a local ward member.
“In light of the above, the application building is considered harmful to the character and appearance of the Budleigh Salterton Conservation Area.
“The application site is clearly constrained in size and, despite the revisions made, still communicates development that would share an awkward relationship with the existing bank.
“Comments made by third parties, in addition to those made by statutory consultees, express concerns of cramming and overdevelopment.
“These concerns are shared at officer level, therefore the application is not offered a recommendation of support.”
Budleigh Salterton Town Council had previously opposed the plans as members deemed it was ‘over-development for such a small site’.
Lloyds – Budleigh’s last remaining permanent bank – closed in January last year.\
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