Anger as tree felling agreed

PUBLISHED: 09:51 08 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 08 March 2013

Oak tree

Oak tree

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A bid to chop down two healthy ancient oaks in Brixington have been blasted by town planners.

Exmouth planners have rubberstamped plans to fell two oaks at 19 Winchester Drive because they are causing subsidence.

But on Monday, planners took a swipe at developers for building homes too close to protected trees ‘which were there first’.

Brixington councillor Maddie Chapman said: “I am really not happy. OK, for one oak but not both.

“It is developers building houses too close to developments. We are losing an oak to get a fir tree.”

She added: “But we don’t have a choice - if we were to refuse we could be held liable for the damage to the home.”

Councillor Steve Gazzard said: “The trees were there first. People know that the trees are there when they buy the property.”

Councillor Richard Turner said: “Isn’t this taken into account when a house is being built? Surely people are not so stupid as to build where a tree could affect a home.”

The decision was taken following advice from the district tree officer.

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