Leafy walk under fresh attack

PUBLISHED: 16:05 29 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:07 10 June 2010

Do you walk down Limekiln Lane in Exmouth? If you do, and are busy enjoying the leafy, rural surroundings, you may not have seen the site notice concerning the current planning application for Hasledene site, or thought that it would concern you. Howev

Do you walk down Limekiln Lane in Exmouth? If you do, and are busy enjoying the leafy, rural surroundings, you may not have seen the site notice concerning the current planning application for Hasledene site, or thought that it would concern you. However, the proposal, which is the third attempt by Bloor Homes to get planning permission, really does need your attention. It is a much more positive application for residents on Cyprus Road. The architects have really tried to fit with the local character of large villa-style dwellings which are set back from the road. However, a major concern for lane users is that, because of East Devon District Council constraints on Bloor to build 40 per cent social housing on site, with no option to build some elsewhere, the pressure for higher density has caused the whole boundary of Limekiln Lane to be adversely affected. This lane is a Blue Plaque site and is also on the Devon County Sites and Historic Monuments Register, which records sites of archaeological, historic and historic landscape interest, and therefore requires a much more sensitive treatment in order to retain its historic and rural character. The number of trees which will be removed along this boundary in order to 'fit in' the social housing is excessive.Your walk is currently along a green and verdant lane, where you can forget the noise and speed of our world and enjoy the activities of the birds and wildlife where habitats and feeding sources abound! But not for much longer if this proposal goes ahead. From the lane, there will be dominating views into the new estate, and of the two-storey rendered gables of new houses only two metres away from the Devon bank. Nowhere else along the lane is this apparent - houses are all well into their site and do not encroach onto boundaries in the way that this proposal does. Eighteen trees will go. The elm hedge will be replanted but, inevitably, this will take a long time to take effect and needs much more robust planting than that suggested. Two trees are to be replaced, lovely trees but both inappropriate choices for this particular rural, leafy situation.If you support our view that Limekiln Lane deserves better, and want to know more about the application, the plans are available at Exmouth Town Hall, Sidmouth Council Offices or on EDDC's website www.eastdevon.gov.uk/publicaccess/ The final date for comment is set for Saturday, December 6, and the application number is 08/2871. Pat Attard,For and on behalf ofSAD - The Avenues' Residents Association.

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