Budleigh councillors against increased housing and cars in West Hill

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 October 2016

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Budleigh Salterton Town Council has opposed a plan to convert a single property in West Hill Lane into six new dwellings.

The council’s planning committee was asked to consider the application to subdivide the existing four-storey dwelling at number seven West Hill Lane into three apartments.

A further three houses would also be built around the existing home to form a courtyard development, if given the go-ahead.

Speaking at a recent town council meeting, Mr Wood spoke on behalf of concerned residents in West Hill Lane.

He said: “West Hill Lane is largely a single track lane providing access to a small number of large, mature houses.

“It is also part of the footpath network around Budleigh Salterton, providing access down into the town centre for most of the houses on the Exmouth Road.

“It’s a particularly important part of that network because it covers an area where there is no pavement.

“Assuming two cars per residence and the fact that there are 16 residences, this plan will double the amount of traffic in West Hill Lane.

“That will inconvenience the current residents and will just about double the amount of cars that will try to edge out of the lane.”

Councillor Courtney Richards said: “The possibility of an additional 12 vehicles going out into the Exmouth Road would be a lot.

“We are also in a conservation area here and this does nothing to enhance or preserve that.”

Cllr Alan Jones said that West Hill Lane was not suitable for traffic and also raised concerns that trees previously under a district council tree protection order would be taken down under the plan.

The town council voted to object to the plan, citing issues with increased traffic around the area, a lack of on-site parking and the impact on the conservation area.

● The town council did support an application to create a self-contained holiday let at 23 Victoria Place, Budleigh Salterton.

The application, submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC), is for the alteration of an existing side extension and to create an internal link to the existing house.

There would also be a re-profiling of the driveway for three parking spaces.

EDDC planners will make the final decision on both applications.

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