Tree could scupper development plan

PUBLISHED: 11:08 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 15 June 2010

A HORNBEAM tree, which is the subject of a preservation order, could be the fly in the ointment for a proposed new development in Honiton.

A HORNBEAM tree, which is the subject of a preservation order, could be the fly in the ointment for a proposed new development in Honiton

Mr M Baden is seeking planning permission from East Devon District Council for the erection of a three-bedroom property in the grounds of 1 Joslin Road.

But at a meeting of Honiton Town Council's planning committee, councillors expressed concern about plans to cut back the tree's canopy.

"It is a very large plot of land and, if the tree wasn't there, it would be ripe for development," said Councillor Martin McGuire.

Councillor Roy Coombs said the tree's root system "could be relevant" and that he feared branches would end up being chopped off - to prevent them from touching the new building.

He referred to Lilley Walk where trees had blocked out light because they were "very close to homes".

Councillors recommended a tree expert look at the application before East Devon District Council makes a decision.


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