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Kingswear Steam railway plans opposed

COUNCILLORS have unamiously rejected plans for a railway station office building that has already been built.
Members of Kingswear Parish Council’s planning committee said the building at the village station was ‘contrary to the characteristics of a conservation area’.
In addition they rejected a retrospective planning application for listed building consent for removal of a rail track to make way for the offices.
The retrospective applications were submitted by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company earlier this month after calls were made by local group Kingswear Action on Rail and Riverboat Development to ‘abide by the same planning rules as everyone else’.
The company had previously claimed it did not need planning permission because it was exempt as a railway business.

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