Friday 31 December 2021

Former Police Station Saved From Demolition

DevonLive reports (30/12/2021) the good news that the old Police Station on The Avenue has been saved from demolition. It was going to be knocked down to make way for five detached houses, but the application went to appeal and was subsequently refused.

Planning inspector David Wyborn, in his report, stated: “I appreciate that the building is deteriorating and some local residents would wish to see the site redeveloped to address this matter.

“However, I have found that the scheme would involve the loss of a non-designated heritage asset which has significance, to a medium level of importance, in terms of its heritage value.

“The loss of significance would be substantial and the recording of the building, while best practice, would not weigh materially in favour of its loss. The original Victorian building makes a valuable contribution to the character and appearance of the area.

The full Appeal Decision can be read here.