Honiton ‘incongruous infill’ planning decision challenged

East Devon District Council’s refusal to approve planning for a new home in a Honiton cul-de-sac is being challenged. The development was described as ‘an incongruous infill’ in a council report, which also suggested the site was too constrained to adequately accommodate the dwelling. 

The delegated decision to refuse the application, relating to land at 6 The Chase, is now being appealed.

Honiton Town Council has unanimously supported the plan and no objections have been raised by South West Water.

Agents Dalton Aram Planning Limited and Taylor-Wilkinson Limited are acting on behalf of the applicant.

While the proposal met some planning requirements, it was refused on the grounds of the plot size, layout and relationship to neighbouring properties.

In a report outlining the reasons for refusal, it was stated that the development “would appear constrained” and “conflict with the low density and open character” of surrounding buildings.

The report further stated the design of the dwelling, including mono-pitched dormers, would “harm the immediate streetscene” and be out of keeping with guidelines set down in the National Planning Policy Framework.

In order to meet guidelines, any design would have to be compatible with the site and respect the key characteristics of the location.

Planners said, in spite of failings, the plan would have no adverse impact on neighbouring residents.

Applications can be appealed if the applicant does not agree with the decision or if the decision was not made within 8 weeks.

Appeals can be decided following written representation or a hearing.

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