Revised plans for scout hut approved


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Planning bosses have approved revised plans for Sidmouth’s former scout hut that will see a first floor installed with obscured roof lights.

East Devon District Council’s development management committee also backed proposals to move the entrance to the side and the addition of a small extension.

The applicants already had planning consent to convert the Manor Road property into a home.

Concerns had been raised by neighbouring residents, as well as ward members Matt Booth and Cathy Gardner, about the first-floor windows overlooking Fortfield Terrace.

But Councillor Mike Howe told last week’s meeting: “The three windows are in existence and aren’t part of the application – they’re outside our remit.”

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The application was approved on the condition the roof lights are fixed shut and obscure-glazed below a height of 1.75 metres. The applicants will also have to give details of a privacy screen on the eastern edge of the raised terrace.

The timber property was designed by renowned Sidmouth architect RW Sampson and used by the 1st Sid Vale Scouts for a century before its sale last year.

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