Town loses fight to save Holyshute House

Honiton set to lose part of its history.

Honiton has lost its fight to save Holyshute House after planning permission was granted on appeal for a development of apartments for the elderly.

The appeal was allowed following an informal hearing at Knowle in Sidmouth. East Devon District Council had failed to determine the original application within a set timescale.

The development by Churchill Retirement Living Ltd will see 41 sheltered apartments built on the site.

A statement by Honiton Town Council said: “Honiton Town Council was greatly saddened to learn of the decision of the planning inspector with regard to the planning appeal which would determine the future of Holyshute House and Holyshute Cottage.

“Planning permission has now been granted to Churchill Retirement Living Ltd to demolish the historic house and neighbouring cottage in order to build 41 sheltered apartments for the elderly.”

The controversial proposals were opposed not only by the town council but also residents in the town.

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Many of the concerns centred on problems concerning traffic and access, together with fears that existing parking problems could get worse, and the lack of facilities in the northern end of the town.

The statement went on to say: “The town council supported the views of residents and submitted its own detailed and thorough objection to East Devon District Council.

“The town council also sought to have both Holyshute House and cottage listed, which was later refused by English Heritage.

“Subsequently the town council continued to object to amended plans and worked to prepare a comprehensive submission to the planning appeal hearing held in June.”

The town council added: “The town council shares local residents’ regrets at the loss of this part of Honiton’s history and remains deeply concerned over the impact the development will have on this area of the town.”