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HONITON: Revised Premier Inn plans address residents’ concerns

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Honiton Town Council’s Planning Committee has approved amendments to plans for a Premier Inn to be built at the site of the Turk’s Head Lodge, writes JACK?DIXON.
Residents living near to the site had raised concerns that hotel users would be able to see into their homes and gardens, and developer Yelverton Properties has now made changes to the plans.
Designs for the 66-bedroom hotel have been altered slightly to move the hotel further from the neighbouring gardens, and additional privacy screens and planting will be put in place to ensure residents’ properties are not visible to hotel guests.
Members of the council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposed changes and the plans will now go before East Devon District Council for approval.
Chairman of the planning committee, Councillor John Zarczynski, said: “Yelverton Properties has consulted with East Devon District Council and the modifications they have carried out have addressed the residents’ concerns.
“The hotel will be rotated slightly more towards Turk’s Head and away from Exeter Road. The indication is that EDDC are now happy with the plans.”
Subject to planning permission being granted, construction could get underway in June, with a view to opening the hotel in February 2015.
Councillor Zarczynski had previously voiced concerns about the potential for congestion at the Turk’s Head junction alongside the proposed site, and said he was hopeful that EDDC’s approval of planning permission would clear the way for work to go ahead.
He said: “They would like to start construction in June and I am hoping that work at the Turk’s Head junction will be carried out at the same time. It makes sense to get that work out of the way in one hit.”
At the meeting last week, Councillor Peter Corke said having a Premier Inn hotel in Honiton would do ‘wonders’ for the town, and Honiton’s Chamber of Commerce has also offered its ‘100 per cent support’ for the project.
Yelverton Properties Developments Director Andrew Davis has said the hotel would ‘regenerate’ the gateway into Honiton and provide ‘huge career development possibilities’ for young people.

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