Tuesday, May 6, 2014
A controversial development of 40 new homes in Newton Poppleford looks set to be given the go-ahead for the second time - just weeks after a legal challenge by campaigners had the original application overturned.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) planning officers have recommended that a re-submitted application for land south of King Alfred Way be approved.
Permission was originally granted for the scheme, which includes a new doctors’ surgery and 40 per cent ‘affordable’ housing, by EDDC in September last year.
But following the threat of High Court action by village residents, the authority agreed to overturn the decision – acknowledging that too much weight had been given to the promise of the health centre when considering the proposal.
Newton Poppleford has been allocated 40 new homes in the emerging East Devon Local Plan - a blueprint for development in the region until 2026 - and if approved, the scheme could fill the village’s quota in one go. The application will be considered by EDDC’s planning committee on May 8.