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The chief executive of one of the companies behind scores of homes in Cranbrook has labelled the new East Devon town a ‘real success’, despite the lack of a town centre. Paul Crawford, chief executive of LiveWest, one of the two main providers of affordable housing in Cranbrook, says a lack of confidence by retailers is the reason for the decade delay in building a town centre. He said: “If commerce and retail don’t have the appetite to let that space and therein lies the problem. It’s a bit like asking LiveWest to build houses that no one wants to…

Former public loos in Axminster are set to be converted into a home following a decision by the district council planning committee. The Castle Street toilets, in Axminster town centre conservation area, have been given permission by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to be converted into a one-bedroom property. The transformation will include an extra storey and several external changes. The building, thought to date back to the early 1950s, was sold by EDDC around 15 years ago and has mainly been used for storage. Plans for the former public loo include a ground-floor study, hall, bedroom, plus an upper-floor…

Football-mad brothers from Honiton who went without presents so their family could afford to buy their own home have been rewarded for their selflessness. Schoolboys James and Dean Manvell, who recently moved into a new-build three-bedroom home, at Hayne Farm, in Honiton, helped their parents save for a deposit through forfeiting birthday and Christmas presents. When developer Baker Estates heard of the brothers’ sacrifices, site manager Robin Palmer stepped in and gifted footballs and a goal post for the boys’ new garden. The youngsters’ mum, Michelle, said the boys had given up treats for almost a year while the family…

Community groups, businesses and individuals keen to rent a riverside building in Sidmouth are invited to pitch ideas to the town council. The empty Ham utility building, at the northern end of the Ham, in Riverside Road, could be available to rent through Sidmouth Town Council, for ‘community or commercial-based activities’. Proposals and interest in the building must be emailed to the council by 5pm on Tuesday, November 30. A Sidmouth Town Council spokesman said: “The council is particularly keen to receive proposals which could assist in helping to promote the town, reflecting the new Visit Sidmouth destination branding and…

A pub in East Devon, one of oldest coaching inns in Colyton dating back to 1506, has gone on the market for £425,000 for the freehold. Estate agent Stonesmith this week announced The Gerrard Arms, in St Andrew’s Square, which includes a family home, is up for sale. The tradional character freehouse – a wet led public house that occasionally serves food – has been under the same ownership for the last 13 years. A Stonesmith spokesperson said: “The Gerrard Arms enjoys a popular local following and boasts a year-round regular repeat trade as well as some uplift on tourists…

A ‘hidden gem’ hotel in Sidmouth has a new owner who vows to give it ‘more attention to flourish’. The Sidholme Hotel has been sold some eight months after the Grade II property went on the market in July 2020, inviting offers in excess of £1.9million. This week it was announced property agents Savills, on behalf of joint administrators of Methodist Guild Holidays Ltd, completed the sale of the hotel to Arsh Holdings. The new owner said the aim was to improve the appearance of the site and the quality of service at the hotel. Ali Rad, managing director of…

Rooms with a view of Sidmouth seafront are available to lease in a bid to help promote the town and give the community a boost. The seafront Arches East unit – the current site of the Jurassic Interpretation Centre – could be used for a host of commercial or community-based activities, said Sidmouth Town Council. The council said the lease was a ‘unique opportunity’ and members were keen to hear proposals from groups, businesses or individuals that could help promote Sidmouth. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, March 12, 2021. Ian Barlow, Sidmouth Town Council chairman, said: “This is an…

The first businesses have moved into new offices at Clyst St Mary after refurbishment costing £2million was completed at Winslade Park. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Winslade Manor this week, to mark the arrival of the first commercial tenants. Paul Scantlebury, Mark Edworthy and Matthew Bennett of property group Burrington Estates, declared the renovated building open Also at the opening ceremony was Ritchie Watson, from specialist lender Together, which provided a £15m loan facility for the major project, and the finance group’s commercial CEO, Marc Goldberg. Mr Watson said: “From the outset, we were impressed with the ambition of Burrington’s plans…

Retirement has prompted the ‘reluctant sale’ of a holiday home business a short walk from the beach at Beer after 17 years in the same hands. The freehold sale of end-of-terrace five-bedroom Belmont House, in Dolphin Road, Beer, is on the market with offers in excess of £450,000. Stonesmith estate agents, selling the property, said: “The sale of Belmont House is reluctantly offered for sale due to retirement. “Potential exists to re-establish Belmont House as a thriving bed and breakfast business and there is also the opportunity to continue letting Belmont House on a room only/ holiday let basis. “Our…

A Christmas raffle for retired residents living at an Ottery St Mary development has raised funds for Hospiscare. Residents living at Tumbling Weir Court raised £50 for Hopsicare buying tickets to win a host of prizes, including a festive hamper, wine and chocolates donated by local businesses. The money raised helped fund Christmas dinner for Hospiscare families while their loved-ones received care at the hospice. Toni Hiscox, East Devon Hospiscare community fundraiser, announced the winners, presenting Mr and Mrs Dean with the festive hamper. Toni said: “Last year was full of unprecedented challenges, so it was really important that we…

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