Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Ottery Council blasts ‘unacceptable’ new homes scheme

PUBLISHED: 10:30 31 March 2014

An updated photomontage of the proposed development looking through the courtyard of The Old Manse in Mill Street.

An updated photomontage of the proposed development looking through the courtyard of The Old Manse in Mill Street.

Archant

Civic leaders have slammed a proposed eight-home development in the centre of Ottery St Mary as ‘really poor’, inappropriate’ and ‘totally unacceptable’.

Revised plans for The Old Manse in Mill Street would see new townhouses built in the garden to the rear of the building.

The proposal would also see the ground floor of Everys solicitors building refurbished for cafe or retail use and the upstairs converted in to a maisonette.

The latest plans aim to reduce the visual impact of the development on the town’s conservation area by changing the new homes to two stories instead of three and altering the roof pitch to better match surrounding properties.

The application was considered by members of Ottery Town Council’s planning committee this week, who felt there were serious issues with a lack of parking spaces and the proposed access off Franklea Close.

Councillor Roger Giles said: “There is a lot wrong with this application - I’m amazed at this coming back in the form that it has.

“It was a really poor application in the first place and we have got something very similar here.”

Councillor Martin Thurgood described the proposal as a ‘gross overdevelopment’ of the site and said that an assertion by the developer that there is room for cars to park in the surrounding streets was ‘nonsense’.

“There is no room in Mill Street,” added Councillor Glyn Dobson. “I think the whole application is inappropriate for the site - eight houses in there is just not on.”

Councillor Jo Talbot made the point that the new cafe or drinking establishment would mean more cars and a greater need for parking spaces.

Members voted unanimously not to support the application, and repeated a previous request to East Devon District Council (EDDC) to take action over the unauthorised felling of trees on the site.

A decision on the application will be made by EDDC.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Sidmouth’s ‘active and vibrant’ Inner Wheel group celebrated its diamond anniversary this week with a celebratory meal at the Victoria Hotel.

Read more

District council bosses have come under fire for splashing nearly £3,000 on a black-tie civic dinner, when many taxpayers – who footed the bill – are ‘struggling’.

Read more
15:50

From the archives - Sidmouth Town football flashback.

Read more
14:42

‘Be alert, not alarmed’ is the message coming from police in the wake of the attack in Westminster yesterday (Wednesday)

Read more

A ‘powerful’ video featuring a Sidmouth family has been released to highlight the need for more funding into brain tumour research.

Read more

Landlords are being urged to come forward if they have family-sized properties that could be used to house vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Read more
11:40

A woman’s charity head shave became a real family affair when she was joined by her dad, husband and father-in-law.

Read more
09:47

Business leaders are planning a candlelit dinner in place of the town’s traditional street party as part of the Sidmouth Regatta celebrations. Chamber of commerce president Richard Eley said there is no standout event in the calendar like the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012, so Sunday, August 27, is a fitting provisional date.

Read more
09:27

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards has warned businesses to be on the lookout for a tool sharpening scam.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

Public defecation, aggressive begging and harassment should all be added to a new order being drawn up for Sidmouth, according to civic leaders.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications