• Ottery St Mary Town Council rejects application for 15 houses

    8th September 2011 | News | Claire
  • Councillors said they thought the parkland setting was inappropriate for such development, they were concerned over water run-off issues and they had doubts over the scheme’s finances.

    I told the meeting I was very concerned about the economics and deliverability of the scheme, which was particularly relevant as the land joined up with the field that Blue Cedar Homes is interested in developing (now subject to an appeal).  There is potential for dozens of houses on the parkland belonging Westhayes. I also expressed concerns about a Grade A oak tree, which would have the access road built over its root system. 

    I have asked that planning officers arrange for the finances of the development to be independently assessed.

    I also have concerns about water run-off as the land is one of the highest points around.  Incidentally, SWW has recommended refusal for the application based on the unsuitability of surface water drainage.

    Around 35 members of the public were present and several spoke out against the proposal.

    The application is for 10 affordable dwellings and five market value houses.  It is outside West Hill’s Built Up Area Boundary.

    The application will now be considered by East Devon District Council.