Budleigh “health hub” advertises for (paying) tenants

“The Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital Health and Wellbeing Hub (Budleigh Salterton Hub) will bring together local residents, the NHS, the voluntary, statutory and business sectors under a common purpose – to improve the quality of health and wellbeing for approx 48,500 people in the Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh (WEB) areas, including all the local villages and hamlets.

As a provider of health and wellbeing support, whether it be through fitness, social activities and groups, holistic therapies, mental health guidance, weight management, physiotherapy, healthy eating and lifestyle choices, art therapies, NHS outpatient services, catering, or childcare provision, this is your opportunity to get involved in this new and exciting project, supporting babies and children from early years through to older people.”


Here is the “information pack”:


Rooms ( including the kitchen) are from (not at) £15-25 per hour (NHS or private) and it seems from reading the brochure that, as yet, it has no tenants.

Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan group apologises for being unable to save hospital garden after being outmaneuvered by Clinton Devon Estates

“A neighbourhood plan focus group has apologised to the Budleigh Salterton community after a bid to save the entire hospital garden from development failed.

The former hospital garden, in Boucher Road, had been listed in the draft neighbourhood plan as one of the key green spaces to be protected from future development.

It had also previously been earmarked for health and wellbeing activities for a new hub being built on the site of the former hospital.

In February this year, landowner Clinton Devon Estates (CDE) put in a planning application to build two houses on half of the site, keeping the other half as a public-access garden.

An independent examiner assessing the town’s draft neighbourhood plan requested more information clarifying the importance of the hospital garden.
Chartered town planners Bell Cornwell, on behalf of CDE, wrote a letter to the examiner confirming that the planned public access garden would be “more than adequate” for hub activities.

One of the examiner’s alterations to the plan, ratified by the district council, was that the area of protected green space in the garden be reduced by half.

Nicola Daniel, on behalf of the Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan Built and Natural Environment Focus Group, has apologised for not being able to secure the whole garden for the town.

In a letter to the Journal (see page 20), she said: “By the time we saw this letter it was too late to challenge it. We were outmanoeuvred.
“Bell Cornwell was given more weight than the expert knowledge of the medical practitioners involved in setting up the hub, who know the full benefits of having the entire garden as a facility for the health and wellbeing hub and its success.”

In response, a CDE spokesman said: “CDE has for many years supported the NHS in Budleigh Salterton and, more recently, the Budleigh Salterton Hospital League of Friends, by making available the garden area off Boucher Road.
“We submitted proposals to East Devon District Council which include keeping half the garden, nearest the site of the new health hub, as a garden which would be open to the public for the first time.

“Our position has not changed since the application was submitted.”

Budleigh “health hub” advertises its rooms for rent

Even the vaguest association with “health” that you can get people to pay for seems to be acceptable.

And lots of rooms for rent as the NHS appears to be using very few of them.

“Floor plans for Budleigh health hub revealed

Individuals and organisations in Budleigh Salterton are being urged to come forward to take rooms at the town’s new health and wellbeing hub.

The hub, which will be managed by Westbank, is currently under construction on the site of the former Budleigh hospital.

Floor plans have been released for the facility, which is due to open later this year.

Westbank is now looking for people and organisations to register their interest in taking rooms at the hub.

A spokesman for Westbank said: “We would like to offer a range of services which reflects the local community needs and as such are seeking expressions of interest from as many people/organisations as possible.

“Please can interested parties look at our website for more information to discuss things further.”

According to the floor plans, there will be a café in the main reception, three NHS clinical rooms, a nursery, a kitchen and a day service room.

There will also be two multi-use rooms measuring around 26sqm, as well as rooms dedicated to the hub and Westbank.

The second floor will have five more multi-use rooms, two NHS clinical rooms, as well as a smaller room earmarked for audiology.

A kitchen and a restroom are also planned for staff on the first floor, as well as a fitness and rehabilitation room and more office space for Westbank.”


River Otter restoration ‘could cost £40 million’

Four options of which:

“Dr Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon Estates’ Head of Wildlife and Conservation, said: “In coming up with the four options, we have ruled out a number of alternatives which are either impossible to fund, or the partners feel do not meet our requirement to safeguard the future of the estuary for the benefit of local people, wildlife and the environment. …

“At present, the long-term future of the cricket club, part of the South West Coast Path and access to homes and businesses in the South Farm Road area are under threat from the impacts of flooding and poor drainage. We hope that this project will be able to address these issues, improve the natural environment and ensure that the area remains accessible in the future to the many thousands of people who visit and enjoy the estuary each year.

“We have been gathering feedback at the exhibition to find out what people think of the options. We’re also putting all of the exhibition material on the project website, so people who couldn’t get to the event on the day can go online to learn more, and also download a feedback form to send back to us.

The exhibition material is available at:

Dr Bridgewater added: “Feedback from the public will help inform our decision about which option will be the best one to take forwards. Once we’ve analysed the feedback, we’ll share our findings with the Lower Otter Restoration Project Stakeholder Group and the public.

“At the same time, we are seeking financial support from a number of bodies which would enable us to move forward with the project.”


Identify a preferred option Summer 2017
Develop an outline design Sept – Oct 2017
Second public exhibition October 2017
Develop business case End of 2017
Submit planning application 2018 – 2019
Construction 2019 – 2021


Clinton Devon Estates and Budleigh Salterton “health hub” have an unhealthy relationship

Readers will recall an earlier Owl story of landowners Clinton Devon Estates grabbing a large part of the garden to Budleigh Hospital for development, considering the garden surplus to the requirements of the new “health hub” and much more suitable for their plans for two houses:


The Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan designated the Hospital garden as open green space. Neighbourhood plans can do this and this space ticks all the NPPF criteria boxes. The garden was considered an essential part of the psychological and therapeutic welfare of patients at the “health hub”.

Bell Cornwell for CDE only commented at the very last minute of the very last stage. They made a number of general comments to EDDC on 16 February 2017 suggesting a loosening of a number of policy phrases and a general comment that too many green spaces were being designated. No mention of Hospital Hubs or development of that site at all.

Click to access bell-cornwell-for-clinton-devon-estates.pdf

An application to build two houses on the hospital garden was then submitted and validated on 27 February 2017 It takes about two-thirds of the garden, rather than the half suggested.

The Plan Inspector asked the steering group for clarification of criteria used in each green space case on 18 April 2017. The steering group responded, and its response was published on the internet.

The Inspector in her report sided with CDE.

The Neighbourhood Plan steering group unanimously agreed to accept all the Inspector’s recommendations except the one where she agreed with Bell Cornwell who, of course, had no medical evidence to draw on!

The decision to accept or reject Inspector’s recommendations now lies with EDDC.

The question now is – how brave will EDDC councillors they be? There is a track record of rolling over for tummy tickles when CDE engages with them. CDE has fingers in many East Devon pies and held restrictive covenants on the seafront at Exmouth that it relinquished to allow EDDC to approve the Grenadier development and has everything from large landholdings to small ransom strips all over the district.

Strong administrative pressure will be to do the easy thing and to get the plan to Cabinet in July with no controversy and no action against CDE.

Local opinion is running strongly against “droit de seigneur” ( medeival feudal rights) in this case.

If it looks like everyone is rolling over without a fight, the plan may well be rejected at referendum.

Affordable homes in Budleigh Salterton? You’re having a laugh!

Owl says: two totally different plans? A new planning application called for. Show your mettle EDDC!

“The number of affordable homes in a 59-dwelling development being built south of the B3178 is set to be slashed by nearly half under altered plans.

At a meeting of the town council’s planning committee, it was also revealed that the amount of one- and two-bedroom ‘starter’ houses could be reduced from 39 to 12.

Town councillors raised concerns over the change while discussing plans to move plots due to the costs of relocating a foul drain on the site, which will be known as Evans Field when it is built.

The council backed plans to move the plots in phase one of the project, but expressed ‘disquiet’ about the changes lined up for phase two.

Planning committee chairman Councillor Courtney Richards said that changes, which could see the amount of people living on the new site increase, did not ‘sit easy’ with him.

He added: “It’s exactly the same number of dwellings; however, there’s one extra five-bedroom house, 11 extra four-bedroom houses, 15 extra three-bedroom houses, 22 fewer two-bedroom houses and five fewer one-bedroom houses.

“I find that a very significant change in the plan to what has been previously agreed. The two sets of plans are very, very different.”

Previously, an application to reduce the amount of affordable homes on the site from 50 per cent to 40 was rejected.

Thirty affordable homes were originally planned for the site, but under the variation proposal, this could be reduced to 16. The requirement for 50 per cent affordable homes would still be met as shared-ownership homes would make up the other 14 needed.

Deputy mayor and district councillor Tom Wright added: “We’re keen to have starter homes for people. The need in Budleigh is for young families to move into smaller homes to get onto the housing ladder.”


Clinton Devon Estates wants to know what you think of them!

Owl says: perhaps someone could ask why they want to pinch part of the Budleigh Hospital Hub garden to build 2 houses. And how sustainable their AONB developments really are.

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Beware Boundaries in Budleigh

If you are registered to vote (though this could be problematical – see post below) and you live in the hinterland of Budleigh Salterton, you might wish to comment on boundary change proposals for the area.

With the local land owners/property developers creeping (sorry, leaping) ever-closer to the town, the proposed change could have worrying implications for residents of that lovely countryside.

Congratulations to East Devon Alliance councillor Geoff Jung for spotting this one – he has been instrumental in ensuring that the local land owners/property developers keep to the letter of the law about their expansion plans, which seem to get more and more grandiose.

Developer says (old) people in Budleigh moan too much!

“A developer, whose controversial application to build a house in Budleigh Salterton was refused, has labelled residents in the town as ‘moaners’.

The application, for land between 25 and 24 Meadow Close, would have included the re-routing of a public footpath.

In the decision notice, East Devon District Council (EDDC) officers said the proposal would ‘reduce the convenience and attractiveness of an existing and well-used right of way’.

Applicant Andrew Mann sent a letter, two days before the decision was made, looking to answer any issues raised about the plan.

In the letter, he said: “I know there are many objections from the locals, but when you read their comments, nothing relates to the build.

“We are in Budleigh, where the population is made up of mainly old people who have no building knowledge or modern outlooks, but like to moan about progress.

“Yes, there are worries about the footpath, but we propose to create a new, wide path to the corner of the land, which will be well lit up by our own lighting.

“The siting of the footpath 
gives a better view of the 
oncoming traffic.”

Budleigh Salterton Town Council had previously opposed the plan, believing it to be over-development of the site.

It also had concerns about the traffic in Meadow Close with the proposed building being so close to the road.”