Councillors reject developer's bid to remove 'eyesore'

PUBLISHED: 13:50 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

HONITON Town Council has rejected a developer s bid to smarten up an eyesore at a gateway into the town. Councillors think plans for 10 houses on a derelict site in Monkton Road look like barracks.

HONITON Town Council has rejected a developer's bid to smarten up an eyesore at a gateway into the town.

Councillors think plans for 10 houses on a derelict site in Monkton Road "look like barracks".

Mr N Harris is seeking permission for eight three-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom homes on land formerly occupied by Northcotts Plant and Tool Hire.

Members of the council's planning committee heard last week that similar plans for the site had been discussed before - and refused.

Councillor Michael Teare, committee chairman, said: "There's quite a history with this.

"The developer has now acquired all the land and addressed the issue of the footpath and access.

"He has also got general agreement from the highways authority, with a condition that he pays for double yellow lines."

Councillor Martin McGuire said the plans were "much the same as the last time".

Former mayor Councillor Sally Casson said: "It's always been a bit of an eyesore as people come into Honiton from the A30, but this... I don't like the design. It's like a barracks."

The committee recommended the plan for refusal on grounds of visual impact.

Town clerk Lyn Hargood has been asked to write to East Devon District Council to make further recommendations, should the plan eventually be approved. Councillors are requesting the developer pays towards a pedestrian crossing in Monkton Road and that more of the proposed homes are "affordable".

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