• West Hill residents react to development threat

    19th November 2013 | News | Claire
  • Persimmon is interested in developing a field towards the end of Higher Broad Oak Road, adjacent to Higher Metcombe, with its access from Ash Hill Road.

    Residents have observed with sinking hearts, the field behind their houses first being flail-mowed and then (rather ironically) surveyed for wildlife!

    Surveyors have also been in the field carrying out topographical studies of the land.

    It is unclear how many houses Persimmon will apply for but it it thought that it may be in the region of 50.

    I understand that the company will meet privately with Ottery Town Council next month, to outline its plans.

    West Hill is proposed to be allocated 35 houses in EDDC’s local plan, until 2026. So far, 14 houses have been approved outside the village’s built up area boundary and a further 29 are awaiting a decision.

    A surprising 17 dwellings have been built in West Hill gardens since 2006, however, very unfortunately, the government does not allow for these developments to be included in housing numbers for local plans.

    Residents have already set up a Facebook page and a leaflet can be downloaded – here’s the link – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-West-Hill-the-Woodland-Village/669125346454414 

    Photograph. The beautiful beech woodland on Ash Hill Road.