Green light for adult amusement arcade

PUBLISHED: 13:01 08 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010

THE owner of a former antique centre has been given planning consent to convert the town centre property into an adult amusement centre. East Devon District Council approved the application to transform the ground floor of the Grade II listed building on

THE owner of a former antique centre has been given planning consent to convert the town centre property into an adult amusement centre.East Devon District Council approved the application to transform the ground floor of the Grade II listed building on the corner of High Street and Dowell Street - despite objections from local residents.Councillor Vivienne Ash gave a resounding no at a meeting of the district council's development control committee, voicing the concerns of her constituents.She said: "This proposal does undermine the character of the town centre."We already have two betting shops - Honiton town centre needs this like a hole in the head."However, Councillor Steve Hall, in support of the proposal, said that there was "no reason to refuse the application on planning grounds". The centre will exclude people under the age of 18 and will be open from 9am to 10pm every day.There will be between 35 to 40 'fruit' machines on site. Honiton Town Council recommended the plan for the former Globe Antiques Centre for approval, because it could not find a planning reason for refusal.

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