Fresh plans for historical centre at Smeatharpe Airfield refused again

PUBLISHED: 13:21 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:17 14 February 2018

A renewed bid to build a heritage information centre at Smeatharpe Airfield has been refused.

A renewed bid to build a heritage information centre at Smeatharpe Airfield has been refused.

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In its latest refusal notice, the council said the proposed buildings failed to conserve or enhance the surrounding build form and natural qualities of the Blackdowns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

A renewed bid to build a historical information centre at Smeatharpe Airfield has been refused by district planners.

Applicant David Bunney submitted plans last month to install two temporary buildings at Smeatharpe Airfield to use as a historical information centre and artefact display area.

The plans were lodged just two months after similar plans to build temporary buildings on land at the airfield were thrown out by East Devon District Council.

In its latest refusal notice, the council said the proposed buildings’ ‘incongruous design’ failed to ‘reinforce the local distinctiveness’.

It added: “The design proposed fails to conserve or enhance the surrounding build form and natural qualities of the Blackdowns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

“A combination of the use, buildings, parking, access and landscaping would be lead to an intensity at odds with the surrounding agricultural character of the AONB landscape.

“As such, the proposal would result in visual harm from nearby public vantage points and detract from the established rural character.”


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