• 25 houses approved at West Hill

    10th December 2013 | News | Claire
  • The application, at Eastfield, off West Hill Road, had previously been refused by EDDC and dismissed at appeal, for 50 dwellings.

    The application approved today, was for development on one of the two fields that developer, Blue Cedar Homes have bought.

    A number of residents spoke against the application, including Terry Smith and Ruth Scott-Freer.  Dick Beardsall from West Hill Residents Association argued for West Hill’s built up area boundary to be drawn tightly around the development, if it was approved.

    I was not present at the meeting because I am have an interest in that my parents live nearby.

    Planning officers argued that the application should be approved because of a lack of a housing supply in East Devon and the pro-growth policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.  They also said that the developer’s offer for an improved bus service to Ottery St Mary (for two years only!) meant that the scheme was more sustainable than previously.

    Councillors approved the application, with three votes against and 10 in favour.

    The approval means that West Hill, which is allocated 35 houses under EDDC’s local plan until 2026, now has 39 houses approved.

    Another planning application is expected to be submitted soon from Persimmon, for perhaps around 50 houses, at the end of Higher Broad Oak Road.