House a 'separate issue'

PUBLISHED: 07:08 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

THE erection of an attached dwelling in Brand Close, Honiton, has received the thumbs down from town councillors. Mr and Mrs Goddard are seeking permission from East Devon District Council to build an affordable home on the side of 9 Brand Close, but memb

THE erection of an attached dwelling in Brand Close, Honiton, has received the thumbs down from town councillors.Mr and Mrs Goddard are seeking permission from East Devon District Council to build an affordable home on the side of 9 Brand Close, but members of Honiton Town Council's planning committee fear the proposal represents overdevelopment of the site.Councillors are also concerned that the proposed affordable home would have no allocated parking.The application sparked discussion at a meeting last Tuesday, when at least one councillor described the proposed dwelling as "a box".Councillor Michael Teare, chairman of the planning committee, said permission for an extension to the existing property had already been granted."It's an extension to an extension," he told the meeting.Councillor Roy Coombs said not everybody wants a large garden and Councillor Martin McGuire urged the committee not to refuse the plan on parking grounds."It's tight, but it would be affordable," he said. "We can't refuse planning on a parking basis."Councillor Peter Fleming said: "If it was just an extension, I wouldn't have a problem. "A house is a separate issue.


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