Planners throw out scheme for five new homes near Axminster

PUBLISHED: 11:40 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:40 17 July 2017

A proposal to build five homes in Kilmington has been thrown out by district planners.

A proposal to build five homes in Kilmington has been thrown out by district planners.

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Mr J While had lodged the plans to build the homes on a paddock to the rear of The Old Inn, in Gammons Hill, Kilmington.

An application to build a five-home development near Axminster has been rejected by district planners.

Mr J While had lodged the plans to build the homes on a paddock to the rear of The Old Inn, in Gammons Hill, Kilmington.

The suggested layout comprised two pairs of semi-detached houses with a single detached home at the western side of the site.

The applicant wanted the homes to be a mix of three and four bedroom properties, which would have offered two parking spaces each and a private garden.

The application said the development would not have an ‘adverse impact’ on The Old Inn’s character and appearance.

It added: “The development would deliver a number of positive benefits including job creation during construction and increased spending in Kilmington.”

But the proposals were thrown out when they went before East Devon District Council’s development management committee.

A notice outlining the reasons for the council’s refusal said the application site fell outside the built-up boundary of a defined settlement within the adopted Local Plan.

It also said the site was situated beyond the built-up area boundary for Kilmington of the draft East Devon Villages Plan, adding: “It is considered that the proposed development would also represent a less than substantial harm arising from the loss of the open spacious setting around the Grade II listed building [The Old Inn].

The notice said there was no public benefit which outweighed the harm imposed by the proposed development, therefore making it contrary to several of its core planning strategies.

See more on the application here.

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