150 new homes plan for Ottery Moor Lane

Residents have raised concerns about the impact of a mixed 150 home development on land in Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton.

East Devon District Council is currently considering reserved matters for the plan, including the design and appearance of the proposed properties.

Outline planning permission was granted to Spen Hill Developments for up to 150 dwellings on the site, used as a business park, in 2014. The current application has been submitted by Taylor Wimpey UK Limited and includes a range of property types including houses and apartments.

There is a five year window in planning for outline approval and three for full planning consent.

Highways England has raised no objections to the plan but local residents point out potential problems at the lane’s junction with Exeter Road.

District planners are currently consulting over the scale, layout and appearance of the homes ‘pursuant to outline consent’. It is also reviewing the scheme’s landscaping.

However, St Paul’s Ward residents in Ottery Moor Lane have written to the council to raise concerns about the impact of lighting, increased traffic and the maintenance of a hedge.

Concerns have also been raised about loss of privacy and drainage.

Rosemary Aplin says her bungalow is considerably lower than some of the proposed dwellings and that three of them will have windows directly overlooking her kitchen.

Over the years, Ottery Moor Lane residents have fought plans submitted by Tesco and then Spen Hill Developments.

Devon and Cornwall Police have praised the design for including the principles of crime prevention, but made some observations in relation to individual aspects of the scheme.

The district council’s landscape architect response is that further details, clarifications and amendments are required.

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