Plans to transform a dilapidated former toilet block in Beer into a holiday flatlet have attracted clear support from many local residents. 

The building on The Causeway has been disused for 20 years and is generally considered an eyesore. But now its owner, Chris Towns, has submitted plans for a change of use, which will enable him to repair and revamp the property and bring it back into use.  

Mr Towns had originally proposed to demolish and rebuild the block, but that application was withdrawn last August. The new plan is an amendment to the previous application and will involve minor external alterations to the building to make it suitable for holiday accommodation. It is not a new application for demolition, as was reported previously, and we are happy to provide this clarification. 

Comments submitted to East Devon District Council show enthusiasm for the scheme among local residents. One supporter described the existing building as ‘disgusting and a real let down to this beautiful village’ and said the revamp will be a ‘massive improvement’. Another said: “Finally residents of Beer can look forward to a good design which will enhance the neighbourhood."  

Beer Parish Council has offered no objections to the plans, and a petition in favour of the change of use, held at Beer Village Stores, has already attracted 15 signatures.  

Mr Towns, who lives in Taunton, is pleased with the positive response. He said: 

“Myself and my family have been regular visitors to Beer for over 30 years, and that was how I first saw the toilet block - I could not believe that nothing had been done to deal with such an eyesore.

 “I’m not a property developer – I want this to be a legacy for my family, and an investment in the local community.  

“When it’s not rented out as a holiday let, we’ll come down and stay in it ourselves, and use the community facilities.”  

The application will be determined by East Devon District Council.