Tensions rise over Paignton’s ‘Christian community’ plan

Residents who oppose plans to create a new Christian community in a former hotel overlooking Paignton Harbor say the Roundham area of ​​the town is not the right place for such development.

The plaintiffs want to change the use of Cleve Court in Cleveland Road from a hotel to a 17-bedroom Christian community, welcoming “young professionals” and providing “high quality accommodation for singles”.

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Residents would serve the local community through churches, charities and community projects.

But neighbors who have written to oppose the plan say the Roundham area is not the right place for ‘multi-occupancy house’ development.

Of 115 comments received by the board, 102 are objections.

One said: ‘Roundham Conservation Area is one of the loveliest places to live in Torbay and in recent years the harbor area in particular has improved dramatically.

“Approving this candidacy will set us back thirty years.”

Another added: ‘I totally understand and support that people need a place to live.

“However, they deserve quality housing and a place to call home. Providing them with a room in an HMO with a group of other strangers does not meet their needs.

“HMOs are ‘places of detention’ not homes, and the Port of Paignton and surrounding area has no place for them.”

Candidate Jacques Mutevelian says the development of Cleve will be based on an existing project he has managed successfully for eight years in Barnet, north London.

He says he has experience dealing with, verifying and managing residential communities.

“Excessive noise, nuisance and anti-social behavior will not be tolerated within the HMO,” he said.

‘Prevention is better than cure and so provisions will be made in tenancy agreements and during the interview process to ensure that potential candidates understand the importance of local community harmony in these areas.’

There would be a manager on hand to deal with any issues “quickly and efficiently”.

The app says young adults are moving away from the area and the proposed HMO would help slow that trend.

He summarizes: “Above all, the Applicant would like to point out that, unlike most developments of this nature, the primary purpose of this one is to create and nurture a community, not profits.

“The HMO element will aim to have a positive impact on the local community with respect to socio-economic deprivation and community cohesion.

“This is achieved by ensuring that the common space is not compromised, by emphasizing the acceptance of candidates who work to benefit the local economy and, above all, by encouraging all tenants to get involved in a local community project by engaging with a network of local churches. , charities and organizations.

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