‘Out of sync’ proposals for eight new homes in Seaton are refused by East Devon planning chiefs

Proposals to demolish a dilapidated dwelling in Seaton and replace it with eight homes have been rejected by East Devon District Council (EDDC). 

Members of the authority’s Planning Committee raised concerns the development in Townsend Road would be ‘harmful to the character of the area’, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives.

Five four-bedroom and three three-bedroom properties, all two-storey, would have been built on the plot which is nextdoor to Townsend House Medical Centre.

Officers told members that the scheme had ‘a less than good layout that’s harmful to the character of the area’.

Councillors agreed as the neighbourhood mainly consists of bungalows.

An aerial view of 15 Townsend Road, Seaton, and its large garden. Image: Google Maps

An aerial view of 15 Townsend Road, Seaton, and its large garden. Image: Google Maps

Concern was also raised that the buildings would cast shadows into neighbouring properties and over a lack of detail on where surface water drainage would go.

Councillor Philip Skinner said: “I think it’s a great opportunity to do something there, but it needs to work with the area where it’s set.

“We don’t want applications coming in and being out of sync with the character.”

Cllr Olly Davey added: “I’m totally for the redevelopment of this site; I just think they need to come back with something that won’t try and cram in so many houses and will be more in keeping with the local area.”

The committee voted unanimously to refuse the plans.

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