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COLYTON: Plans for 25 houses on land next to playing field

Thursday, 03 April 2014

AN outline planning application for 25 houses on land adjacent to the Peace Memorial Playing Field in Colyton has been submitted to East Devon District Council.
The development would include 40 per cent affordable rented housing, equalling 10 houses, with plans for a new access road and amenity land.
The application has been submitted by BDB Developments based in Shute. Colyton Parish Council was unable to make a recommendation on the development at its recent committee meeting as it has not yet received the plans.
However, eight local residents have submitted objections to the plans with concerns including potential flooding on the site, incrased traffic, loss of vista and habitat for wildlife.
One resident, Claire Mountjoy, described it as “foolish” to build on the land as it was prone to flooding while Mr R. Bush said it would add to the traffic and parking concerns in Govers Meadow, which was already used as a “rat-run”.
Mr Bush added: “As presently planned, the building would materially affect my privacy as the flats would stand only a few feet from my rear boundary and would therefore oversee my small rear garden and be able to see into my three rear facing rooms and conservatory.
“There will be loss of light, visual intrusion, a significant increase of noise and overshadowing.
“The recent and previous floods have come very close indeed to the proposed development. If there had been another day or two of rain, the proposed buildings would have flooded. The situation on the Somerset Levels recently has highlighted the financial impact on the local community and councils when having to deal with the consequences of flooding.”
Another resident, Tish Wells, expressed concerns that the proposed development would affect children’s activities in the playing field as residents in the new houses would complain of the noise levels.


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