The strange case of Clinton Devon Estates and the hospital garden

Clinton Devon Estate has just submitted outline planning application 17/0495, for 2 bijou residences, an access road and a small residual strip of green space.

The site is vaguely (and perhaps somewhat disingenuously) described as “east of East Budleigh Road, Budleigh Salterton.”

It is, in fact, the Budleigh Salterton Cottage Hospital garden, gifted 120 years ago in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. It has been used, ever since, to help patients convalesence and has been planted with an “in-memoriam” garden.

Because of this history and recreational use, the garden has been proposed as an open green space in the emerging Budleigh Salterton Neighbourhood Plan, approved this week by the EDDC Cabinet.

It ticks all the para. 77 NPPF boxes for the designation of open spaces. CDE are stakeholders in the formulation of this plan and at consultation made no comment.

So this application comes as a bit of a surprise to the people of Budleigh Salterton who have been promised an all-singing and dancing “Health Hub” with recreational facilities on the hospital site.