Plans for ten homes in Honiton refused

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:59 22 June 2018

An artist's impression of how the finished development would look.

An artist's impression of how the finished development would look.

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Controversial plans for ten homes in Honiton - which received a barrage of criticism from town councillors - have been refused at district level.

An artist's impression of how the finished development would look.An artist's impression of how the finished development would look.

The ‘low-energy’ housing development in Clapper Lane, outlined in proposals by ContainerSpace, was thrown out by planning officers, who said it would be harmful to existing area.

The amended plans proposed the homes be built in a horseshoe-shaped terrace, accompanied by a shared car parking area.

On the southern part of the proposed site, nine ‘half plot’ allotments would have been provided, as well as a shared car parking area.

In their refusal notice, officers said: “The proposed development, through the layout, orientation, external appearance and overall design of individual units fails to either respect the key characteristics and special qualities of the area in which it is proposed, or take the opportunities available to improve the character and quality of the area.

Prospective drawings of the ammended development at Clapper Lane, Honiton. Picture: East Devon District CouncilProspective drawings of the ammended development at Clapper Lane, Honiton. Picture: East Devon District Council

“As a result it would have a harmful impact on the surrounding area and would adversely affect the setting of the conservation area, failing to preserve or enhance the appearance and character of that area.”

The decision comes just more than a month since the plans were slammed by members of Honiton Town Council’s planning committee.

Councillor Nicolette Macve said one of her main objections would be using Clapper Lane to access the development.

At the May meeting, she said: “It would be totally unsuitable.

Prospective drawings of the ammended development at Clapper Lane, Honiton. Picture: East Devon District CouncilProspective drawings of the ammended development at Clapper Lane, Honiton. Picture: East Devon District Council

“I have taken a big van down that lane – it’s ridiculous… More traffic down that road would be insupportable.”

She added: “If you wanted to live in a concrete jungle where every bit of green space had been tarmacked over and built on, we wouldn’t be living in Honiton. I can’t support this at all.”

The committee voted to object the plans.

East Devon District Council also received 15 letters of objection from residents.

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