Controversial Ottery Convent plans back up for debate

CONTROVERSIAL plans to transform an unused piece of Ottery s town-centre into a �2.5 million development will go before town planners for a third time on Monday.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to transform an unused piece of Ottery's town-centre into a �2.5 million development will go before town planners for a third time on Monday.

A developer wants to turn an acre of land in the grounds of the Marist Convent, in Broad Street, into a "mixed residential and commercial development" of four townhouses, eight apartments and a street-facing shop and office.

Having failed to win over Ottery town council planning committee members twice already and outraged scores of local residents, Sea Valley Property Ltd has again amended its plans to address concerns.

Altered plans, which will go before town officials for comment on Monday, indicate "re-positioned access" to the site from Broad Street, and a reduction in height, size and design of proposed "tennis court flats".


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Town council planning committee members will pass comment on the proposals before East Devon District Council's development control committee makes a final decision on them.

Upset Franklea Close homeowners have twice before crammed into town council headquarters to voice concerns over the bid, labelling it "monstrous" and "overbearing".

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Town council planning committee members have previously said they are "not opposed" to the development but have shared in residents' concerns over former plans' size, style and potential affect on parking and nature. The suitability of the steep site has also been questioned.

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