Planning officers say no to Honiton art studio bid

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 14 June 2018

The north-west elevation (top) and south-east elevation (bottom) of the proposed art studio.

The north-west elevation (top) and south-east elevation (bottom) of the proposed art studio.

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An application to build a new art studio in Honiton has been refused by planning officers.

Applicants Mr and Mrs G and M Wilmot wanted to erect the one-story studio behind the existing Old Pavilion, in Cuckoo Down Lane, with the creation of more parking spaces.

Their application also sought permission for a field adjacent to the site, termed as the Solar Panel Field, to be used for camping for students at the studio.

However, refusing the application through delegated decision, planning officer said the proposals represented an ‘unsustainable form of development’ which would ‘adversely impact upon... the character of the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the site is based in.

A refusal notice by East Devon District Council added: “The art studio and camping use would give rise to an intensity at odds with the established character of the area.”

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