Council: We would have rejected Barn Lane plan
PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 March 2016
A decision on 49 new houses and a care home in Budleigh Salterton will be made by a government planning inspector.
Developer Badger Homes has appealed against the time it was taking East Devon District Council (EDDC) planners to determine the proposals for the site adjacent to Barn Lane.
The blueprint features a 60-bed care home and 30 new houses, 40 per cent of which would be affordable. It also outlines seven bungalows, 12 affordable retirement apartments and two live/work units.
Approval for 59 new homes has already been granted by the council for an adjacent site.
At a recent development management committee meeting, EDDC councillors voted unanimously in favour of telling inspectors that they would have rejected the plans.
Speaking at the meeting, ward councillor for Budleigh, Tom Wright, said he felt developers were attempting to ‘exploit’ the council’s lack of a Local Plan.
He said: “I was chairman of Budleigh Salterton Town Council when the East Devon Local Plan was being developed and we put in our bid for 110 homes.
“Forty-seven of those homes have already been granted on the Greenway Lane site and another 59 are on the site adjoining this application.
“I think this has been a cynical ploy to exploit the delay in our local plan.”
Cllr Wright added that the Local Plan inspector said Budleigh should have ‘modest’ development and that the allocation for Budleigh was being met by permissions already granted.
EDDC officers had previously recommended the Badger Homes plan be rejected.
The officer’s report said: “The proposed development would encroach beyond the existing limits of the built-up area of the town.”
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