Plan to turn Beer shop The Treasure Chest into a flat is rejected

PUBLISHED: 15:02 29 November 2018

The Treasure Chest in Beer. Picture: Google Maps

The Treasure Chest in Beer. Picture: Google Maps


Council said the loss of the shop could harm the vitality of the town centre, and that the ‘historic fabric’ of its frontage should not be altered

An application to turn a shop in Beer into a flat has been refused by East Devon District Council on the grounds that it was “fundamentally unacceptable.”

The applicant wanted to turn The Treasure Chest in Fore Street into a one-bedroom apartment, changing the frontage of the building in the process.

The shop sells gifts, newspapers, magazines, confectionary, beach accessories, toys and fishing equipment, and is also the local contact point for a holiday cottages letting agency.

The planning committee said the loss of the shop could damage the vitality of Beer town centre, and the proposed alterations to its frontage would remove “the historic fabric of a prominent building.” The committee also said there were no substantial public benefits to outweigh this harm.

In a note to the applicants, the council said it would normally try to resolve planning concerns, but in this case the development is “considered to be fundamentally unacceptable, such that the council’s concerns could not be overcome through negotiation”.

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