Council backs day care plan

PUBLISHED: 07:49 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

HOSPISCARE has overcome the first hurdle in its latest bid to provide a day centre for patients in Honiton.

HOSPISCARE has overcome the first hurdle in its latest bid to provide a day centre for patients in Honiton.The town council's planning committee has recommended plans for the centre, which could be based in a double garage at Bramble House, in Exeter Road.If given the green light by East Devon District Council, the centre will provide office accommodation for three specialist Hospiscare nurses as well as offering day facilities for their clients.A previous planning application for the centre to be based in a new property in Bowling Green Lane was refused.Mr P Robson is seeking permission to change the use of the garage and to install a window.Councillor Michael Teare, chairman of the town council's planning committee, told a meeting last week: "They will keep to 10 traffic movements a day. There will be a day care room, but beds are not required."Opening times would be from 8.30am to 5.30pm and no drugs would be kept on the premises."A comment was received from the owners of Oaklands in Exeter Road, expressing concern about potential noise from cars using the centre's drive. It was also stated that trees at the site should not be removed."There's no indication on the plans that this could happen," said Councillor Teare.Councillor Vernon Whitlock, the Mayor of Honiton, said: "To me, this looks like an ideal site for the purpose."Up until recently, it was used by a mortgage broker.

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