A developer wants to build 38 homes, including five storey flats and underground parking on a two and a half acre field, which is outside the village’s development boundary.

There are a series of solid reasons for refusing the application, including:

• The land is outside the development boundary and an approval could create a precedent
• The design is out of keeping with West Hill
• The development would threaten protected trees
• A threat to wildlife
• There is insufficient sewage capacity
• Doubts over surface water and foul drainage

This is very good news indeed.

Any future revised application will depend on what happens with the Local Development Framework (EDDC’s long-term planning strategy), which is currently being checked by consultants. 

All major planning proposals hinge on what happens with this document and I suspect after the elections we will see a flurry of appeals and revised applications.

Councillors on the Development Management Committee will determine the application on Tuesday 3 May, at Exmouth Town Hall, 2pm.  Members of the public are welcome to observe and can speak for up to three minutes each.