Objections raised over plans to build six homes at site of derelict bungalow

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:03 25 July 2017

An application has been submitted to redevelop the Allwood site, in King Edward Road, Axminster. Picture: Andrew Coley

An application has been submitted to redevelop the Allwood site, in King Edward Road, Axminster. Picture: Andrew Coley

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Two long-term residents of a quiet Axminster road have launched a fight against a planning application to build six homes in the area.

As previously reported by the Herald, ACL Properties have submitted the plans for the new homes in Allwood, which is currently occupied by a derelict bungalow.

Cheryl Garner and Patricia Montgomery, of Woodmead Road opposite the site, have slammed the proposals and say they are ‘not in-keeping’ with the current landscape.

ACL’s proposal outline six three-bedroom semi-detached properties with private gardens and a designated parking space. A cycle storage facility in each home is also included.

Mrs Garner, 53, who has lived in the road for 18 years, said she fears the proposed homes would ‘dwarf’ existing properties and put a strain on the current parking provision offered.

Layout plans published by ACL Properties show that parking provided for the six homes would be accessed from Woodmead Road.

But Mrs Garner says Woodmead Road is already beset with parking problems because most of King Edward Road A358, which adjoins it, has double yellow lines.

“Taking the parking spaces away from Woodmead Road residents will mean no parking,” Mrs Garner said.

“The six houses proposed will overshadow us. It is not in keeping with the area at all, and will result in overcrowding.

“If this application gets consent, I will be disappointed in the planning system because it is just not right. Everyone in this area would know it is not right.”

Mrs Garner’s neighbour, Patricia Montgomery, has lived in Woodmead Road for nearly 30 years, is registered blind.

She said: “I rely a lot on natural light for my eyes, and these big houses will mean there will be not of light coming into my house.

“This is the second planning application for this site and we went all through it before.

“The developers say they have sorted out the problems identified from the previous application, but in my view they have not.

“It is making my husband and I very upset and distressed.”

Mr Garner added: “We want to stress that we are not averse to the site being developed - we know it has to happen.

“We feel it needs to be sympathetic to the houses around it. It probably needs to be bungalows because that is what Axminster needs.”

In its application, ACL Properties said the proposed development would be built on a site which is ‘unattractive’ and ‘overgrown’.

The application added: “The site is situated within a largely residential context and is located within walking distance of the majority of Axminster’s amenities, facilities and services.”

The application’s fate will be determined by East Devon planners.

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