Social housing development 'ambitious'

PUBLISHED: 08:32 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

VERY ambitious" plans for a sustainable social housing scheme are being proposed by Honiton businessman Derek Blackmore.

VERY ambitious" plans for a sustainable social housing scheme are being proposed by Honiton businessman Derek Blackmore.He is seeking permission from East Devon District Council to change the use of 14 Queen Street to provide three flats and a maisonette. A housing association has expressed an interest in the development.The application is a variation to previous proposals for the site, which were approved.At a planning committee meeting last week, town councillors expressed concerns that the development represents "a lot of accommodation in a very tight space"."I think it will tidy up what's there," said Councillor Sally Casson. "I don't like the design, but I don't think we can complain when Custance House is on the corner opposite."Councillor Ron Farnham, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of Councillor Michael Teare, described the scheme as "very ambitious"."It's been an eyesore since I've lived in Honiton and it's in limbo at the moment," Councillor Martin McGuire told the meeting.Councillors recommended the plan for approval, but will tell planning officers at Knowle they are concerned about the high density of the development.

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