Question mark over stable block size

PUBLISHED: 09:26 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

THE size of a proposed stable block on land in Honiton prompted town councillors to question if it would be used for commercial purposes.

THE size of a proposed stable block on land in Honiton prompted town councillors to question if it would be used for commercial purposes.Mr R Mutter is seeking permission from East Devon District Council to construct the building, with a concrete yard and stone access track, at Oakdene in Northcote Hill."I'd like to raise one issue," said deputy mayor, Councillor Vivienne Ash at a meeting of the town council's planning committee. "It's quite a large building and I would like to be assured it is for the owner's own use."Councillor Martin McGuire said what might start out as a stable could end up being used for another purpose, such as a farm shop.Studying plans for the proposed stable, councillors likened its design to an industrial unit."We have concerns about the size of the building," said former mayor Councillor Sally Casson.Councillor Ash recommended the plan for approval, subject to confirmation that the stable will be for the personal use of the owner.Her proposal was seconded by Councillor Vera Howard and the plan was recommended for approval.

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