• 15 houses at Tipton in AONB recommended for approval

    1st June 2012 | News | Claire
  • Although the hill, behind Barton Orchard, is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and visible from many parts of the village, planners say that houses here would not be unduly intrusive because they would only be built at the bottom of the hill.

    The officer’s report also states that the development would provide much-needed affordable homes for the village.

    I opposed the application and am disappointed by the recommendation.  I don’t believe it is economically viable, which could lead to a ‘phase 2’, where the development eventually creeps up the hill.

    If councillors on the Development Management Committee stick with the officer’s recommendation and approve the application, Tipton St John will receive at least 25 houses.  More than twice as many as are allocated for the village, under the Local Plan to 2026.

    Ironically, the following day there is a drop-in event organised by Ottery St Mary Town Council showing pieces of land that landowners have put forward for development for the village, under the Local Plan.

    Members of the public will each receive three minutes to speak on 12 June.  The meeting starts at 2pm. This application is number four to be considered.  I would advise anyone who objects to the application, to attend the meeting and use their three minutes.

    The report in the committee papers can be viewed here, on page 133.


    Photograph:  The field subject to the planning application, viewed from Mallocks Close.