Seaton ‘Green Wedge’ plan thrown out again


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Another attempt to build homes on the ‘green wedge’ between Seaton and Colyford has been thrown out by planners – to the delight of local protesters.

In its latest bid to develop the site off Harepath Road, Seaton Park (Devon) Ltd applied to construct 150 houses – 14 per cent affordable - and some light industrial units and sports provision.

The proposals were rejected by planning officers under delegated powers. They said they did not provide a mechanism to secure appropriate affordable housing provision, delivery of employment areas, secure land for formal recreation or ensure protection of the site as a designated wildlife haven.

Howard West, leader of Seaton and Colyford Green Wedge Community Action Group, said: “We are very pleased that EDDC has turned down the planning application. That was the third one on the site by same developer and, of course, we also had an appeal when we managed to persuaded the inspector to refuse it.

“I am not a NIMBY - the main reason I am against it is because as you come over the hill from Sidmouth you see a wonderful panorama across the Axe estuary and to have 150 houses and some industrial buildings built there would spoil the whole vista. EDDC is trying to boost Seaton as a tourist attraction and I think it would deter people from coming.”

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