Green light for new homes in Dunkeswell

Full planning permission has been granted for the erection of nine new homes in Dunkeswell.

The application, submitted by Louis Dulling, of the Plymouth-based Bailey Partnership, includes four affordable homes and five market-priced bungalows.

East Devon District Council approved the plans, subject to conditions, for land north of Louis Way.

The parish council, which initially supported the proposal, changed its mind. This is because earlier plans were for an age-related development which supported the village’s Neighbourhood Plan.

It said the final plan comprised a ‘larger, more varied’ development when there was a need in the village to accommodate those looking to downsize to a quiet location.

Fears were expressed that the proposal in the full application would lead to more noise and traffic.

Ward member for Dunkeswell and Otterhead, Councillor Colin Brown pointed out original plans for the new homes had included a retirement courtyard.

The site is currently a grazing paddock and used by horses.

Some dog owners had expressed concern about the loss of an open green space.

In a delegated report, the council said the plan did not compromise the visual amenity of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and that it would help to meet housing needs in the village.

It was also stated that the development is located within walking distance to local amenities.

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