• Redrow Homes withdraws allotments ownership offer

    8th February 2013 | News | Claire
  • During Redrow Homes planning application’s consultation phase, the developer promised to gift the allotments to the town council, thereby giving residents and councillors peace of mind over their future.

    Residents now fear that the developers may have set their sights on building over the allotments, in addition to building over two fields.

    Redrow won an appeal to build 130 houses on grade 2 agricultural land, between Butts Road and Higher Ridgeway in December, amid much controversy.

    Ottery St Mary Town councillors and EDDC ward member, Cllr Roger Giles have expressed their anger over the allotments u-turn, branding it “deplorable.”

    Meanwhile, the three giant Redrow Homes ‘victory flags’ flying triumphantly at Higher Ridgeway, have a new addition.  Despite Cllr Roger Giles reporting the matter to EDDC’s enforcement team, a team of three men reportedly spent most of yesterday erecting an enormous double-fronted advertising board!

    It is understood that Redrow Homes does not have planning permission to erect the advertising board or flags.

    This morning a group of disgruntled residents gathered for a photograph for the Western Morning News, which will run the story in tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) edition.

    Photograph:  Ottery St Mary residents with mayor, Glyn Dobson and Cllr Roger Giles in front of Redrow advertising hoarding.