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OTTERY: Outraged councillors condemn homes bid

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Outraged councillors have condemned the latest attempt to build new homes in Ottery and pledged to get tough on developers. At a meeting last week, members of the council’s planning committee reeled off a long list of objections to proposals put forward by Waddeton Park Ltd to build up to 45 houses on land at the former Gerway Nurseries site on Sidmouth Road. Concerned residents also made their views known at the meeting, which was attended by a representative from Waddeton Park. The application is the latest to be met with the scorn of local people, and last month angry residents vowed to “put a stop” to what they see as overdevelopment. And following the discussion, councillors agreed to deliver a more “comprehensive” account of their objections to the planning authority – East Devon District Council. Councillor Martin Thurgood said: “These plans fail to address specific policies within the National Planning Policy Framework, and take no account of the current East Devon Local Plan. “We need the right type of development to support growth, but this is a random application that does not meet social, economic or environmental requirements. “Facilities and services in Ottery are already at breaking point and there is clearly a lack of local support for this development. “I propose we make a full response to East Devon District Council.” As well as the recurring issue of the town’s infrastructure being unable to support new homes, residents raised concerns around the speed of traffic on one of the main roads into Ottery, and highlighted the continued flood risk to the site. Councillor Roger Giles added: “The town council has carefully considered planning in Ottery and our view has been that development should go to the west – certainly not in this location. “There should be a maximum of 300 new dwellings in Ottery by 2026 and we have already had 440 approved. We are substantially over the required number of planning approvals and many of the key services – including the Kings School, Coleridge Medical Centre and sewage facilities – are at capacity. This is not a sustainable application.”


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