PLANS to convert a former retirement home in Bovey Tracey into holiday accommodation have prompted a raft of objections. 

An application has been submitted to Teignbridge Council to create seven holiday lets and plots for up to eight caravans on the site of Tracey House Retirement Home in Haytor Road.  

The proposal is for a change of use to the home itself and of the surrounding land as a site for caravans. 

While Bovey Tracey Town Council says it has no objections, there have been more than 30 comments made against the plans, many on the grounds of highway safety, increased traffic and disturbance. 

A statement with the plans explains that the proposal is to convert the existing building into six holiday units and the garage into a separate, four bedrooms unit. 

The grounds would then be used for eight caravans, four to the east of the main building and four to the south. 

The developers say ‘significant work’ has been carried out to landscape the area and protect surrounding mature trees and the visual impact from the site. 

Objectors say the surrounding roads are narrow and become very busy. 

Adding constant changes with 15 holiday units would cause ‘chaos’ and detriment to people living in the area. 

Concerns have been raised that the site is at the entrance to Dartmoor National Park and could generate noise and disturbance. 

It is not considered a ‘suitable’ application for the location.

Objectors also suggest the proposals would have an adverse effect on a residential area. 

The prospect of having ‘eve-rotating’ groups of holiday makers for neighbours was described by one objector as ‘distressing and not safe’. 

The plans are to be considered by Teignbridge Council planners.