'It's a shambles'

PUBLISHED: 12:18 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

AN AXMINSTER councillor has questioned why the second phase of a development has been given the go-ahead, despite flooding measures on the existing site remaining unfinished. Councillor Douglas Hull said East Devon District Council's development control c

AN AXMINSTER councillor has questioned why the second phase of a development has been given the go-ahead, despite flooding measures on the existing site remaining unfinished.Councillor Douglas Hull said East Devon District Council's development control committee should have enforced a condition to complete balancing ponds on the first phase of the Wainhomes development, off Chard Road, before allowing permission on the second.Town councillors had also hoped to see the flood prevention work completed before the second phase of the scheme got underway.But Wainhomes Holdings Ltd was granted permission to build the 87 new homes on land east of Halletts Way after councillors approved the scheme at the development control committee last week, without any condition to finish the balancing ponds.Mr Hull said: "They didn't do anything about the water retaining lakes or even set a date for them. It's a shambles."I am completely and absolutely dissatisfied with EDDC's planning committee and if they're going to discuss vital issues like flooding they should have done it earlier in the day, not at 7pm or so when all the councillors have got up and gone home."The new development will consist of 87 two-, three- and four-bedroom dwellings.The development will include affordable housing and will include a mixture of housing density and sizes to "promote a viable and varied community structure" and vehicles will be able to access the new development from Chard Road.A spokesman for EDDC said the proposals for the new development do include a balancing pond, which was required before approval could be given.She also said the timetable for the implementation of the condition has still to be agreed between officers and developers.She said: "A flood risk assessment was submitted with the proposals which has been agreed by the Environment Agency.

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