Five new Honiton town centre homes approved despite ‘overdevelopment’ concerns

Plans for five new homes in Honiton town centre have been given the go-ahead – despite ‘overdevelopment’ fears.

The proposals are to convert part of Pegasus House, in King Street, into a pair of apartments and to build a trio of houses on the site.

Timber and corrugated sheds on the plot will be demolished to make way for the dwellings.

The scheme was approved by East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee last week.

This is despite Honiton Town Council objecting to the bid.

EDDC officers recommended the application for approval and told the committee: “Concerns have been raised that the proposal represents overdevelopment and is cramped.

“Neighbours also raise concerns in relation to impacts on amenity (with regard to privacy, light, overbearing and outlook), noise and light pollution, fire and security risk, pressure on street parking and nuisance arising in relation to refuse collection.

“In relation to these issues, no unacceptable impacts have been identified which could not be adequately mitigated through the imposition of planning conditions to require obscure glazing and/or restricting the opening of particular windows.

“It is not considered that the proposal represents overdevelopment of the site.

“Although relatively small, the five proposed dwellings would contribute to a diverse housing supply within a very sustainable location.”

Plans for the King Street development.

Honiton Town Council and EDDC ward member Councillor Mike Allen had objected to the scheme with concerns of overdevelopment.

But Cllr Allen’s fellow Honiton St Michael’s ward representatives Cllrs Phil Twiss and Luke Jeffery both backed the plans.

“I am happy to support this application due to the social and environmental benefits…and the need for housing in the town,” said Cllr Jeffery.

EDDC received six objections to the application.

The development management committee approved the plans.

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