• West Hill residents reject 38 homes opposite McColls

    17th March 2011 | News | Claire
  • The proposal includes five-storey apartments, as well as the possibility of a café.  Underground parking is also proposed.

    People who came along to the West Hill Residents Association meeting to debate the application were concerned about a range of issues including:

    – the precedent of building outside the built-up area boundary
    – the ugly design of flats and high density of the development being out of keeping with our rural village
    – a greater risk of flooding to homes in Ford Lane
    – increased traffic on West Hill Rd, which does not have a continuous footpath and is used by parents walking their children to and from school
    – the loss of wildlife, particularly as the wildlife survey was completed after the site was cleared
    – a large number of letters or forms of support from not only outside West Hill, but from all over Devon, the UK and even from abroad!

    There was also a proposal, supported by virtually everyone, to apply for the land to be redefined as amenity land – something which many people believe was previously the case.

    Many people felt strongly and quite rightly, in my view that those submissions from people outside West Hill should be given very little, or no weight at all by the planners and councillors on the Development Management Committee.

    Councillors on Ottery St Mary Town Council have already unanimously rejected the application at their meeting last month.

    The application is expected to be determined by councillors on the Development Management Committee in April.