• Planning application for 38 homes in West Hill refused

    14th May 2011 | News | Claire
  • The application, which included blocks of four storey flats, as well as the possiblity of a commercial unit, is on land outside the village’s built up area boundary. 

    It was refused earlier this month for sound reasons including:

    – the land is outside the development boundary
    – the design is completely out of keeping with the village
    – there is an excess of a supply of land for development in this area
    – the sewerage system is at capacity
    – the risk of flooding to properties at the lower end of the field

    EDDC’s Tree Officer, also expressed concern that the trees had all been measured incorrectly and the development proposed would have a very damaging effect on protected and mature native species, such as oaks and beeches.

    The decision follows in the footsteps of the application for 56 homes at Eastfield, West Hill, which was refused earlier this year for similar reasons.

    The fate of these pieces of land – and any other applications that may come in on land outside the village boundary – rests with East Devon District Council’s Local Development Framework, its strategic planning document.  The 140 page tome proposes to grow the district by a third in around 15-20 years and is currently with consultants who are checking the facts and figures, after a furore last autumn during its consultation phase.