• Four dwellings approved in West Hill

    23rd October 2013 | News | Claire
  • The two and a half acre piece of land, which is opposite McColls, has been viewed for many years as a green lung in the village and is full of wildflowers in the spring. There are also many important and old trees on the field.

    An application by the landowner was submitted in 2011 for 38 dwellings, an underground car park for 50 cars, and other facilities. This was rejected, following many objections from councillors and residents.

    Last year, Ottery St Mary Town Council carried out a consultation on where the 35 houses allocated to West Hill under EDDC’s local plan should be built. This piece of land was named as a potential development area by residents.

    I objected to the latest application on the basis that there are two accesses proposed and I was also concerned about the impact on the lovely trees.

    Part of the planning conditions request that any tree plan or any proposals to fell trees are made in writing to EDDC and no work shall be done, without agreement in writing.

    Given the planning history, one cannot help wondering whether the developer will come back for more later – I hope that the above conditions will be enough to protect the trees. 

    Photograph: Looking at the land with the nearest neighbour, Margaret Hall, in 2011.