‘Garden-grabbing’ plans for two homes near Honiton café withdrawn

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 June 2018

An aerial view of where the proposed homes would be built. Image: Google Maps

An aerial view of where the proposed homes would be built. Image: Google Maps


A planning application likened to a ‘garden-grabbing’ scheme by a town councillor has been shelved.

Proposed plans for the site.Proposed plans for the site.

Applicant James Yarrow has withdrawn plans to erect two semi-detached three-bed houses along a narrow plot behind properties in High Street, close to Toast Café.

The scheme was previously criticised by town council planners at a meeting in May.

At that meeting, Councillor John Zarczynski said too much ‘garden-grabbing’ in Honiton had already taken place and the town was losing ‘quite a considerable amount’ of inner-town green space.

Now, the plans have been withdrawn from district planning consideration.

Cllr Zarczynski said: “I am extremely pleased and relieved that the plans have been withdrawn.

“I am pleased that the site will remain as a garden and neighbouring properties will not have their light obstructed.

“I am also happy we will be preserving trees that have been on the site for many years.”

Read the report of that planning meeting here.

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