• Application for housing at Eastfield, West Hill returns

    14th December 2012 | News | Claire
  • Westhayes, which is parkland belonging to a very large house, was subject to an application last year for 15 dwellings, which was refused and then dismissed by a planning inspector at appeal, on landscape grounds.  It is outside the village’s built-up area boundary.

    But since the dismissal, the pro-growth national planning policy framework (nppf) has been published.

    And the Wainhomes appeal at Feniton for 50 houses has been allowed, based on the government’s new approach to planning in the nppf, where the push for housing can now trump every other issue, including infrastructure requirements, landscape value and even serious flooding problems.

    Residents in West Hill have already selected their preferred sites for 35 houses in EDDC’s new draft local plan until 2026.  Westhayes was not on the list.

    The Westhayes developers have now reduced the scheme to 10 houses, with a two thirds affordable element.  However, the land has been assessed by the strategic housing land availability assessment team, as being suitable for up to 80 dwellings.

    The planning application reveals that the pre-application advice provided by planning officers, state that they are likely to reject the application again.

    The planning application number is 12/2672/MFUL, which you will need to comment on the application.

    You can visit the EDDC website link below to make a comment, after inputting the application code.  The deadline for comments is 11 January, despite the mailout alerts stating a different date.


    Photograph of the parkland in question.