Friday, March 22, 2013
Plans to build five new homes on a site in Lympstone have been opposed by the parish council.
The plan is for the homes to be built on land to the south of Meadow Gate in Church Road, with four three-bedroom houses and one two-bedroom house, along with 14 parking spaces.
The applicant also promises a ‘waterside public amenity area’ at the bottom of the site, by Wotton Brook.
Lympstone Parish Council discussed the plan at a meeting this week, which was packed out with people keen to voice their opposition to the plan.
One of them, village hall chairman Don Mildenhall, said he feared that approving the plan would set a precedent which could see 30 to 40 homes built on similar sites along the road.
When the councillor came to discuss the plan, the council’s planning chairman Rob Longhurst said that, contrary to the application, the whole of the proposed site is in the village’s conservation area, which he said would be grounds for refusal on its own.
Councillors also supported residents’ concerns about the proposed access to the site, down a narrow lane, which they said could be dangerous.
Councillor Chris Carter said: “I went and walked up and down it twice, and each time I was surprised by cars at the top.”
It was not felt that the applicant’s plan to improve visibility by removing a garage at the top of the lane would be sufficient.
Councillors were also not happy with the potential invasion of privacy for neighbours of the site, and thought the plan could be overdevelopment.
They also felt that the prospect of extra parking spaces, which the developer says will help with parking problems on the main road, was not a good enough reason to approve the plan.
Bearing in mind all their concerns, councillors voted to recommend that the application be refused.
A final decision on planning permission will now be made by East Devon District Council.