Five Honiton planning applications set to be debated next week

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 November 2017

Five applications will be debated by Honiton planners next Tuesday (November 21).

Five applications will be debated by Honiton planners next Tuesday (November 21).

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The schemes will eventually have their fate determined by East Devon planners.

Here are five planning applications which will be debated by Honiton Town Council’s planning committee next Tuesday (November 21).

The meeting will be held at The Beehive, in Dowell Street, starting at 7pm. It is open to members of the public.

Aldi Stores Ltd (17/2520/VAR)

Aldi in Honiton wants to carry out deliveries from 6am to 10pm.

The supermarket opened in 2013 and one of the conditions of the approved application was that deliveries could only take place between 7am and 8pm from Monday to Saturday.

Now, the supermarket, on Exeter Road, wants to extend the timeframe in which deliveries will take place by an extra hour in the morning and two more hours at night.

No plans to change its Sunday delivery hours of 9am to 6pm are proposed.

Dolphin Court, High Street (17/2173/COU)

This amended application proposes the conversion of a section of a historic two-storey building in the heart of Honiton into six new flats.

Applicant Great Western Properties Ltd wants to convert Dolphin Court into the one-bedroom properties.

The plans were initially approved by town planners at a meeting in September.

However, the applicant has come back with a revised scheme which would see many of the building’s openings reformed.

The tweaked plans also include the build of new party walls.

The building lies to the rear of the former Dolphin Hotel, a Grade II listed building now known as Montgomery’s.

The Railway Inn, Queen Street (17/2552/COU)

This is a change of use application to transform the former Railway Inn in Honiton into a bed and breakfast.

When the pub was open, the applicant’s daughter operated the restaurant and lived in the flat above with her five children.

She continues to live in the property and, since the closure of the restaurant, has let the guest rooms on a bed and breakfast basis.

The reasoning behind the change of use is to address the lack of ‘quality bed and breakfast premises within the built-up area’.

The application seeks to rearrange the internal layout of the building to create a larger home and retain the letting rooms.

Foundry Yard, High Street (17/2473/MOUT)

This application was rejected by town planners at a meeting last month after they highlighted several key issues with the scheme.

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) wants to build up to 32 homes at Foundry Yard, a major brownfield site recently vacated by farming machinery supplier Halse of Honiton.

The scheme was opposed by town planners after raising concerns with the flood risk posed to the site, impact the traffic from the development would have, and other issues.

It was also suggested that the site would be better used as a public car park, while Cllr Roy Coombs said the scheme provided a ‘one-off opportunity’ to get a relief road for Mill Street, which would enable pedestrianisation and one-way system in the town in the future.

Now, HCA has returned with an amended application comprising a technical note on site access.

3 Dolphin Court (17/2651/FUL)

This is a change of use application to convert a former antiques and collectible shop into a tea room.

Applicant Emily King wants to make the changes to the building, which offers around 783ft of space.

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