The application is on a small piece of land opposite McColls and is outside West Hill’s built-up area boundary.

It was refused by East Devon District Council last May on grounds that it was contrary to planning policy as it is contained proposals for four storey flats, underground parking and a building that the landowner claimed would become a doctor’s surgery.  The application was clearly out of line with West Hill’s character and distiinctiveness.

East Devon District Council’s tree officer expressed concern that the line of mature beech trees along West Hill Road would be seriously at risk from the proposals for flats and underground parking.

The application, submitted by landowner, Nigel Hardy, received dozens of objections from residents.  Some letters of support were received, however, several of these appeared to be from abroad or elsewhere in the country. 

Dr Simon Kerr from Coleridge Medical Centre objected to plans because there is no NHS funding available for a medical centre in West Hill. 

The appeal, which will take the form of an informal hearing (no legal representation), will be held at EDDC’s offices, Knowle, on Wednesday and Thursday, (7 and 8 March), starting at 10am, in the Committee Room.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and speak. 

People are advised to arrive before 10am on the first day of the appeal, if they wish to make representations.

Photograph:  Looking at the land in question with next door neighbour, Margaret Hall, who would have over thirty windows overlooking her property, if the development was given the green light by the inspector.