Summerlands appeal attracts 100 residents - and runs late

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton people turned out in force for an informal hearing against the refusal of planning permission which would allow a councillor to build his dream home on a highly controversial site. Following a day-long hearing, which included a site v

BUDLEIGH Salterton people turned out in force for an informal hearing against the refusal of planning permission which would allow a councillor to build his dream home - on a highly controversial site.Following a day-long hearing, which included a site visit, Councillor Roger Bowen now faces up to a five-week wait to hear if he can build his timber and glass-fronted detached home at Summerlands, Cricket Field Lane.Surprised by the number of residents who filled the Public Hall to listen to the debate over Cllr Bowen's application to build the house, Department of the Environment Inspector Jennifer Armstrong said the numbers present - around 100 - could have warranted a public consultation. The meeting began at 10am and was expected to last until lunchtime, but wrapped up at around 4pm.The inspector heard from the appellant's team, as well as third parties, including neighbours, and carried out a site visit to examine trees and a cob wall - which some argue would be affected if the build went ahead.Deputy leader of the district council Ray Franklin, Budleigh Salterton Town Council chairman Dick Mitchell and Roy Henderson, speaking on behalf of the Otter Valley Association and Budleigh Salterton's Design Statement committee, were on the opposing side of the table.Budleigh ward member Cllr Franklin, who was also present at the site meeting, said: "It was very well run and very fair. We will just have to wait and see what happens.