I was unable to attend the exhibition but have acquired the paperwork as Gittisham is in my county council ward. Cllr Susie Bond is the EDDC ward member.
In this latest major planning proposal (there have been so many major planning applications in my ward!), the fields targeted by developers, Welbeck, were designated as a “reserve site” in EDDC’s local plan. But “reserve” which should have meant “if no other suitable proposal comes forward” appears to be meaningless, as this site is one of the first to come forward in the Honiton area.
For those of you familiar with Gittisham it is probably one of the most beautiful chocolate box villages you have ever seen and although the proposal is some way from the village itself, there would undoubtedly be an impact if the application is approved, in terms of traffic, at the very least.
There are also the impacts on schools and medical services, among other issues, to consider.
Looking through the literature, there are the usual lovely pictures of people cycling through countryside, people picnicking in pretty gardens and the developers appear to be suggesting that dormice and other protected species will be better off surrounded by 300 houses! It states: “The retention and bolstering of the hedgerow network together with the inclusion of extensive open space areas will provide enhanced habitats for dormice and maintain dark corridors for commuting and foraging bats….”
The area is over 28 acres and is over one mile away from the centre of Honiton.
Welbeck says it is in discussion with the Highways Agency and Devon County Council about the increasingly snarled up Turk’s Head junction, which is now regularly causing tailbacks well onto the A30.
Gittisham parish councillors will hear a presentation from developers, Welbeck, at their monthly meeting next Wednesday, 6 November. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.
A planning application is expected to be submitted before Christmas. The link to Gittisham Parish Council’s website is here – http://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/meetings/