Plan submitted to turn former hotel near Exeter into boutique care home and a café

By DanielClark | Posted: July 05, 2017

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A long-closed former hotel and restaurant on the main road to Exeter will be converted into a boutique care home and a café if plans are approved. Brandon Care Limited have submitted a new application to East Devon District Council as part of their plans for the wider redevelopment of the former Hillside House hotel and restaurant.

The site, at the top of the hill of Exeter Road in Newton Poppleford on the A3052, already has planning permission to redevelop the former hotel into the 13-bed care home scheme.

Work has been underway for the last few months and is now nearing completion on the 16.5-acre site, which will also include a small livery farm for chickens and ducks and a sanctuary for three ponies.

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Plans have now been submitted to demolish the old spa and replace it with a café.

The application says: “As part of the vision for the future of Hillside House, our plans for the site include turning the Spa into a café to provide a unique care facility which will be a first for the area and it will also incorporate an art gallery space and workshops for talented local artists to work and exhibit.

“The existing Spa building is in very poor condition and not well constructed and it is therefore proposed to demolish the existing building and to build a new facility on the same site.

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“The building will be used as a café to support the Hillside House care home but it will also be open to the public and the local community will be encouraged to use the facility.

“The proposed café will not only complement and enhance the facilities at Hillside House by offering a venue for residents to meet friends and family in an environment away from the care home itself, it will have the added benefit of outdoor space and in addition, the venue will offer facilities for the benefit of the wider community."

Brandon Care Limited want to create a 'boutique style and intimate care home' with 13 en-suite bedrooms.

Residents are expected to be able to move into the home sometime over the next few months.

The Hillside House development will also create a total of 23 new jobs for the area.

East Devon District Council planners will make a decision on the scheme.

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