Courtlands plan inquiry to open

The public inquiry into a plan to build 154 homes in Lympstone will take place next week.

The inquiry was set up after an appeal was launched by developers Strategic Land Partnerships, who say East Devon District Council failed to give notice of their decision on time.

The plan, which has drawn more than 600 letters of objection, would see the homes, along with business units, a doctor’s surgery, a shop/caf�, a creche/nursery and community facilities, built on land north-west of Courtlands Cross.

The inquiry will be held at Exmouth Town Hall, and will begin this Tuesday at 10am. It is expected to last six working days, and will be chaired by Neil Pope, the appointed inspector from the Planning Inspectorate.

Members of the public who objected to the application have been informed and can attend, as can Lympstone Parish Council. Some of these people will also be able to speak at the inquiry, subject to the Inspector’s discretion.