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Go-ahead for flats on site of former Paignton library

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

FLATS PLAN APPROVED: The old Paignton library

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TWO blocks of sheltered housing flats are set to be built on the old Paignton library site.

Torbay Council's development management committee unanimously gave conditional approval to the plan for 38 flats in Courtland Road at its meeting on Monday.

The scheme involves 22 one-bedroom flats and 16 two-bedroom flats, as well as a connecting owners' lounge, one-bedroom guest suite and associated access and parking, following the demolition of the existing library building.

Council officers said the site had been vacant for a number of years and recommended conditional approval was granted.

One member of the public, Melvyn Newbury, attended the meeting to object to the proposal, particularly on the grounds of drainage concerns.

He received the response that requirements relating to drainage and flood risk had been written up as one of the planning conditions.

The report said the former library building was 'vacant and semi-derelict' and was being vandalised.

The new three-and-half-storey blocks would be connected by a single-storey glazed entrance and owners' lounge.

Access to the site would be reconfigured and a parking area would be provided for 16 cars, including two disabled spaces.

The footpath through the site, connecting Courtland Road to Victoria Park, would be retained and realigned.

It also said there were many trees on the site, mostly around the boundary.

A few of these would be removed but 'most significant trees would be retained'.

It listed a number of conditions which would be required to address technical matters.

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