Centre up for debate

PUBLISHED: 12:31 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010

PLANS for a new youth centre in Colyton have been recommended for approval despite concerns raised by the parish council. The proposal would see the existing pavilion building at the Peace Memorial Playing Fields extended to create a new youth centre.

PLANS for a new youth centre in Colyton have been recommended for approval despite concerns raised by the parish council.The proposal would see the existing pavilion building at the Peace Memorial Playing Fields extended to create a new youth centre.The Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre has made the application, as its current facility is not in full use due to health and safety issues.In a report to go to East Devon District Council's development control committee, officers said the plans would be acceptable, subject to a number of conditions.However, Colyton Parish Council said it was unhappy with some aspects of the plan.One of the issues was that of the roof material, with the parish council saying it would like to see tiles used rather than metal.In the report it said: "While normally the matching of existing materials would be sought, it is not considered appropriate in this case because, not only would the use of tiles require a steeper pitch than the proposed metal roofing, thereby reducing the internal accommodation achieved, there is also no overriding design or visual reason for the materials to match."The scheme is deliberately trying to achieve a different look for the new building while still respecting the proportions of the pavilion."Planning officers considered the proposal to be "well designed".The application will be discussed at the development control committee on Tuesday, April 8.

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