'Barracks' plan recommended for approval

PUBLISHED: 13:42 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 10 new homes on a redundant site at a gateway into Honiton were being recommended for approval by planning officers as your Herald went to press.

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 10 new homes on a redundant site at a gateway into Honiton were being recommended for approval by planning officers as your Herald went to press.Members of East Devon District Council's development control committee were yesterday (Tuesday) due to consider plans for eight houses and two maisonettes on land formerly occupied by Northcote Tool Hire, in Monkton Road.Town councillors have likened the scheme to "barracks".Previous plans for the derelict site have twice been refused.Mr N Harris is seeking consent to develop eight three-storey houses with three bedrooms and two maisonettes with two bedrooms.Planning officers have recommended the plan for approval, subject to conditions which include contributions towards a public open space and a pedestrian crossing.Honiton Town Council recommended the application for refusal on grounds of overdevelopment and impact.

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