Scheme for 15 homes near Honiton thrown out by planners

PUBLISHED: 13:39 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:14 21 August 2017

East Devon planners have thrown out plans for a 15-home development in Offwell.

East Devon planners have thrown out plans for a 15-home development in Offwell.

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The proposal, which comprised 10 affordable homes, had been put forward by A Richards and D Maccauly Sinclaire.

Plans for a 15-home development near Honiton have been rejected by district planners after they agreed it failed to reflect the ‘needs of the community’.

The proposal, which comprised 10 affordable homes, had been put forward by A Richards and D Maccauly Sinclaire.

The duo wanted to build nine three-bedroom houses and six two-bedroom bungalows on land adjoining Honey Glen, which has historically been used as an agricultural field.

The proposals, which received 22 letters of objection and 14 letters of support, also included a new adopted access road for the main site off of Ramsden Road.

However, the scheme was thrown out by East Devon District Council’s development management committee.

A refusal notice posted by the council reads: “The submitted scheme is not reflective of an identified affordable housing need...”

“...The proposal would not adequately meet this need thereby justifying the release of this land, which would otherwise be subject to restrictive rural policies for residential development.”

The council said that ‘Offwell has a suitable range of services and facilities to meet the everyday needs of potential occupiers’ which has resulted in an ‘unsustainable form of development reliant on private modes of transport’.

The notice adding that the plans have the potential to ‘severely harm’ highway safety, noting: “The proposed development would be likely to result in a material increase in the volume of traffic and entering and leaving the Class C county road through an access which does not provide adequate visibility from and of emerging vehicles.”

The refusal notice also said the proposal failed to meet the need for affordable housing, provide a suitable open space contribution or mitigate the impact on sewage infrastructure.

It added: “Therefore, it reflect the needs of the community.”

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