Plans to tear down barn and build new home in Offwell rejected

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 August 2017

Planners have thrown out an application to demolish a redundant barn in Offwell and build a home in its place.

Planners have thrown out an application to demolish a redundant barn in Offwell and build a home in its place.

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The scheme, submitted by Steven Jones who lives in the village, envisaged a self-built detached house in a 'traditional farm house' style.

District planners have thrown out an application to tear down a derelict barn in Offwell and build a new home in its place.

The scheme, submitted by Steven Jones who lives in the village, envisaged a self-built detached house in a ‘traditional farm house’ style.

The property would have had a minimum of four bedrooms and possible a self-contained annexe.

Fourteen letters of objection and one letter of support were submitted to East Devon District Council following the application’s submission.

Planning bosses at the council rejected the plans at a meeting of its development management committee.

A refusal notice posted by the council read: “The site is within a location remote from public transport and lacking safe and convenient walking and cycling routes to the nearest settlement such that future occupiers would be reliant on the private motor vehicles to travel to meet their everyday needs.”

The notice said new developments were ‘strictly controlled’ to ‘safeguard residential encroachment’ into the countryside, which would be ‘detrimentally and irreversibly altered’ by residential development.

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