Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Redundant Honiton social club earmarked for homes by charity. Planning application imminent.
For decades, the Royal British Legion Club was a social hub of Honiton.
It was where people of all ages came together to enjoy live music, dancing and even films.
The Dowell Street club, built by members, was where families met at Christmas, toasted weddings and lamented the loss of dear friends.
Now it stands empty, a victim of the recession; abandoned but not forgotten by former patrons, young and old.
The site is to be sold for redevelopment.
As a charity, the Royal British Legion wants to attract the best possible price for the land and is, therefore, in the throes of submitting an outline planning application.
It has appointed agents Peter Brett Associates to progress an application for residential development.
Honiton Town Council has been informed that, having liaised with East Devon District Council, the agents are likely to seek permission for a development of eight homes.
Constructed over two terraces and with on-site parking, the homes would comprise six three-bedroom and two two-bedroom properties.
Ed Salter, a senior consultant with Peter Brett Associates, told the council in a letter: “Our analysis of the location, and of planning policy, has resulted in us deciding that a residential development would be most suitable use for the land.
“All dwellings would be two-storey and of red brick construction.
“The existing main access to the site would be retained and parking would be provided on-site.”
The Royal British Legion is keen to publicise its plans for the site.
Comments can be made via the town council.
The club closed at the beginning of August in 2011, signalling the end of an era.
Mounting debts, accumulated over a long period, left members with no option but to rubberstamp a proposal for the club to cease trading.
The club was run separately from the Honiton branch of the Royal British Legion which continues its important work in the community and is unaffected.