Proposed housing schemes in Honiton backed by planners

PUBLISHED: 11:15 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 22 September 2017

Top image: Dolphin Court in High Street, Honiton. Bottom image: The old cadet hall in St Peter's Road, Honiton. Both images courtesy of Google Maps.

Top image: Dolphin Court in High Street, Honiton. Bottom image: The old cadet hall in St Peter's Road, Honiton. Both images courtesy of Google Maps.

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The schemes, put forward by Great Western Properties Ltd and Tiva Properties respectively, propose the conversion of a historic building in Honiton’s town centre and a former Air Training Corps hall in St Mark’s Road.

Two applications for modest-sized housing developments in Honiton have been backed by town planners.

The schemes, put forward by Great Western Properties Ltd and Tiva Properties respectively, propose the conversion of a historic building in Honiton’s town centre and a former Air Training Corps hall in St Mark’s Road.

Both applications were debated by Honiton Town Council’s planning committee on Tuesday evening (September 20).

Planners discussed Great Western Properties Ltd scheme, which outlines the conversion of Dolphin Court in High Street.

The two-storey building currently houses Honiton Carpets on its first floor, with its second floor used as offices.

Great Western Properties wants to convert the office space into six one-bedroom flats.

Backing the scheme, Cllr John Zarcynski said: “It is just making better use of the building and encouraging more residential use in the town centre.”

Planners unanimously supported the application, before discussing a scheme proposed by Tiva Properties.

The housebuilder’s application proposes the demolition of a former Air Corps hall in St Mark’s Road, and building seven two-storey terraced homes in its place.

Discussing the application, Cllr Zarczynksi said: “The site is an eyesore. It is in a residential area next to a very nice playing field.

“I have no issues with this application whatsoever - I think it will enhance the area and get rid of an eyesore which would probably attract vandals.”

Cllr Terry Darrant raised issue with the state of the St Peters Road, which connects St Paul’s Road to St Mark’s Road.

He said: “Although this doesn’t reflect on the proposer, I think it should be mentioned that the road is in a terrible state.

“St Peters Road going into St Paul’s is in an atrocious state and St Paul’s Road itself is in pretty bad condition.”

Cllr Darrant said he was concerned that the extra houses would mean 14 more cars using the road daily.

He added: “I have been advised that they are going to be repairing at least St Peters Road. I would personally say that St Peters Road in Honiton is the worst road in town with the condition it’s in.”

The application was unanimously supported by the committee.

Both schemes will be discussed by East Devon District Council at a later date.

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