“We can be flexible on the design” – says Premier Inn
Oct10

“We can be flexible on the design” – says Premier Inn

Premier Inn’s proposals for investing £5.2 million in a new hotel in Ashburton which will create 30 new jobs and bring a major boost to the National Park and its economy are heading to Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Development Control Committee today (4th October) with Whitbread saying: “We can be flexible on the design”. The proposals for a new 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Dolbeare Business Park were submitted earlier this...

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Royal Clarence Hotel  up for sale ‘with sadness’
Aug17

Royal Clarence Hotel up for sale ‘with sadness’

The owners of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, which was destroyed by fire in 2016 have announced that the site is up for sale. The developers have concluded that they could not viably restore the hotel to its former glory. The Andrew Brownsword Hotels group, who also own Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor, say The Royal Clarence Hotel has undergone “significant” restoration work since the fire. The hotel’s owner, Andrew Brownsword, said he...

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Santa’s workshop for sale in Widecombe
Dec18

Santa’s workshop for sale in Widecombe

If you’re crazy about Christmas and have a cool £1 million spare, this Grade II listed home could be for you. This three-bedroom farmhouse boasts over twelve acres of land and even a 2000 strong Christmas tree plantation, although the new owner isn’t expected to decorate all of them. Longhouse Farm near Widecombe-in-the-Moor also features large agricultural buildings and even a studio which ‘may’ have been used as a toy factory. The...

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Students are treated like ‘another species’
Nov09

Students are treated like ‘another species’

Students in Exeter are treated by councillors “like they are another species”, according to the leader of the city’s council. Councillor Pete Edwards was speaking at a meeting where plans for a huge student flats development were approved for the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus. He raised concerns about the treatment of students after Councillor Percy Prowse said he was worried about the number of them...

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Warning over homes planned for Devon
Nov08

Warning over homes planned for Devon

Too many homes are being planned for Devon over the next decade, most to be built on greenfield sites and two-thirds will be bought by people who have moved into the county according to conservation charity CPRE Devon, which launched an independent report. CPRE Devon commissioned an independent, six-month-long study ‘Devon Housing Needs Evidence 2018’ to find out how many extra homes and what type of homes were really needed across...

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Drake’s Island goes on for sale for £6m
Oct19

Drake’s Island goes on for sale for £6m

You’ll need a cool £6 million to take on this six-acre property off the coast of Plymouth, once used to defend against France and Spain. Unfortunately, it’s not as yet a Caribbean-style paradise, thanks to its centuries-old derelict gun battery, former barracks, crumbling ablution blocks, commanding officer’s house and guardhouse. However, the current owners of Drake’s Island hope a buyer will be drawn to the site’s huge potential as...

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