• Planners advise cllrs approve 25 houses at West Hill

    2nd December 2013 | News | Claire
  • The land is outside West Hill’s built up area boundary and developer, Blue Cedar Homes, have bought the adjacent field, which was included in their original proposal for 50 houses.

    But things have changed, say planning officers.

    Although West Hill is deemed to be of “limited sustainability” in planning terms owing to a lack of shops, services and continuous pavements, officers say that a lack of an adequate supply of land for housing and the new pro-development rules in the national planning policy framework (nppf).

    In EDDC’s case, it must find a six year’s supply because the government has slammed a penalty against council’s that are deemed to have a “persistent under-delivery of housing.”  The Butts Road (Ottery St Mary) planning inspector found that EDDC fell into this category.

    Officers say that a £40,000 contribution to a bus service for two years and the forthcoming pavement scheme on West Hill Road, will help make the proposal more sustainable and therefore, acceptable.

    I have a personal interest in that my parents live near to the field in question, so I have not taken part in the consultation or submitted a comment. I will not attend the meeting next week.

    If the application is approved, the running housing total for West Hill will have reached 39 for houses allowed outside the village’s built up area boundary.

    EDDC’s local plan allocates West Hill 35 houses until 2026.

    For a copy of the officer’s reports and consultee comments, see the development management committee agenda here – the report starts on p63 – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_dmc_agenda_101213.pdf