News from Torbay: ‘In defence of our Conservation Areas’

“It’s nice to report a success: Is it goodbye to the four storey, block of 21 flats out of keeping with a picturesque conservation area?”

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Back in spring 2019, a group was formed to battle planning applications and decisions which would turn the English Riviera into something like the Costa del Torbay: News from Torbay, they are not taking things lying down. – Vision Group for Sidmouth

We’ve just had news in from our correspondent in Torbay:

With reference to: The application concerns the Seabury Hotel, with the original building dating from the mid-1800s. Former Torbay hotel set for redevelopment | South West Property News

[Which can be found here: P/2022/0908 | Demolition of the existing hotel building, erection of a self contained block of 21 flats with basement parking and associated works. | Seabury Hotel 11 Manor Road Torquay TQ1 3JX]

IN DEFENCE OF OUR CONSERVATION AREAS.

It’s nice to report a success: Is it goodbye to the four storey, block of 21 flats out of keeping with a picturesque conservation area?

A friend Emailed me: “Following an email from …………, (thank you!) and checking the portal, it appears that the developers at Seabury Hotel have withdrawn their application.”

Thanks to those who offered support in the way of submitting a comment.

A supporter who did submit an objection writes: “Thanks for the Good news! Do they have a plan B.”

In conclusion, the hotel might not be the most attractive – but it does lie in the middle of the town’s Conservation Area – and as such should be afforded protection.

Clearly those objecting to the building’s demolition thought so.

And there is a strengthening heritage movement in the area:

Torbay Heritage Trust | Facebook

Torquay Pavilion & Cary Green Community | Torquay | Facebook

Cary Green Covenant | Facebook

With a photo of the verdant location:

• THE SEABURY HOTEL • TORQUAY • 2⋆ UNITED KINGDOM • RATES FROM £115

   
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