Bid to have developer’s locked gate removed goes to Honiton Town Council

A conservation group in Honiton is seeking the help of the town council to have a locked gate ‘opened up’ or removed.

The gate is currently blocking access from Lilley Walk to the Glen.

Volunteer members of Honiton Glen Conservation Group, along with a member of the public, have written to the council seeking help to improve access to the town centre beauty spot from the housing development.

Planning permission for homes on the former Miller and Lilley site was granted in 2002, with 32 houses and 11 flats being subsequently developed on the site.

The town council has been told that the original consents included two footpath links to the Glen.

Locked gate on footpath that was not adopted

In a report, due to be considered by members of the council’s Green and Open Spaces Committee next week, it is stated that the locked gate relates to a footpath currently not adopted by Devon County Council and that it is thought to still be owned by the developer of Lilley Walk.

East Devon District Council has told the conservation group in the past that it does not own the gate and that there is no public right of way.

The conservation group would, ideally, like to see the locked gate removed.

Councillors are to be asked to consider its response to the group’s request for help and to decide if the matter should be looked into by the council on the volunteers’ behalf.

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