Plans for three bungalows at controversial Axminster site approved

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 February 2018

Plans for the three bungalows to be built at Allwood in Axminster (pictured bottom right).

Plans for the three bungalows to be built at Allwood in Axminster (pictured bottom right).

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The approval brings an end to a long-running battle to build homes at Allwood, between Woodmead Road and King Edward Road.

A long-running planning battle centred around a small Axminster site seems to have been solved after district planners approved the build of three bungalows on it.

Developer ACL Properties previously saw two separate bids to build homes at Allwood, between Woodmead Road and King Edward Road, rejected.

Currently, the site is occupied by a derelict bungalow.

New plans submitted by the developer late last year outlined the build of three detached bungalows with private gardens and associated parking.

They have now been rubber stamped by planners at East Devon District Council.

The outline planning application says each dwelling’s garden will deliver ‘more than adequate’ private amenity space and access to on-site parking provision will be made from King Edward Road by ‘utilising the existing access arrangements that service the existing dwelling’.

Two parking spaces will be allocated for each home.

Access to the development is still under consideration.

Last year, ACL Properties sought outline planning permission for six homes at Allwood, which were rejected by the council.

Residents also voiced their concerns to the Herald over the negative impact the six-home development would do to their lives.

Speaking in July last year, resident Cheryl Garner said she feared the homes would ‘dwarf’ existing properties and put a strain on the current parking provision offered.

She added: “The six houses proposed will overshadow us. It is not in keeping with the area at all, and will result in overcrowding.

“We want to stress that we are not averse to the site being developed - we know it has to happen.

“We feel it needs to be sympathetic to the houses around it. It probably needs to be bungalows because that is what Axminster needs.”

Following the application’s refusal, ACL submitted revised plans for five homes at the site in October last year.

Despite the application being recommended for approval by planning officers, it was thrown out by the district council on the grounds that it would ‘represent overdevelopment of the site’ with ‘resultant harm to the streetscene’ and ‘severe impact upon highway safety’.

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