The application, on land between Otter Close and Mallocks Close, was submitted by Devonshire Homes, who lost an appeal for 56 homes on the same piece of land last month.

The reasons for refusing the application include:

– the application is outside Tipton St John’s built-up area boundary
– it conflicts with the policies of the adopted Local Plan
– it does not reflect the need and demand for housing in Tipton St John
– the ‘extremely limited weight’ that can be attributed to the emerging Local Development framework which is currently in its infancy
– the proposed development conflicts with Tipton St John’s village design statement
– the proposal is remote from services and is contrary sustainability objectives
– insufficient information supplied on infrastructure requirements

This is clearly excellent news and is entirely the right decision.  28 houses exceeds the five percent uplift of housing in Tipton considerably (proposed in the East Devon Local Plan).  Five per cent growth in Tipton St John is equivalent to 10 houses.