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

Town council rejects Gerway development

17:00 20 June 2014

Gerway Nurseries. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 2623-21-14AW

Gerway Nurseries. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 2623-21-14AW

Archant

A proposed 45-home development on the southern edge of Ottery St Mary has failed to win the support of town councillors.

Gerway Nurseries. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 2624-21-14AWGerway Nurseries. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 2624-21-14AW

Plans for the five-acre Gerway Nurseries site, off Sidmouth Road, would see most of the existing greenhouses and sheds demolished and new houses built in their place.

Addressing Ottery St Mary Town Council at a meeting on Monday, Simon Steele-Perkins, from landowners Waddington Park Ltd, said that more than 2000 leaflets had been distributed around the town.

He told the meeting that because the Island Farm site, which has planning permission for 165 houses and a care home, would not deliver the 200 homes required by district council planners, an additional development was needed to make up the shortfall.

Mr Steele-Perkins added that the outline proposal included plans to reduce the speed of traffic and improve pedestrian safety on Sidmouth Road - including new signage and narrowing the road in places.

But councillors and members of the public present at the meeting were largely critical of the proposals.

Claremont Field resident Deborah Morris said: “My concern is that you can’t change what is already there.

“The road is a very busy road – you can’t change the congestion.”

Councillor Roger Giles raised concerns over the ‘insufficient’ affordable housing on offer, additional pressure on the town’s services and the amount of extra traffic the homes would generate.

He added: “I find this a poor application, both in terms of concept and in the detail of it.”

Councillor Martin Thurgood described the proposal as a ‘random application’ which amounted to the ‘urbanisation of a scenic rural gateway to the town’.

“The road from the development in to the town regularly floods,” he said. “This proposed development is going to be cut off every time we have a significant flood event.”

Members voted unanimously not to support the proposal. A final decision will be made by planners at East Devon District Council.

Other News Stories

18:31

A storytelling for grown-ups workshop takes place tomorrow (Saturday, October 1) at Twyford House, Sidmouth.

Read more
16:08

A devastated widow has appeal to Herald readers in the hope she can be reunited with her lost wedding ring.

Read more
11:11

‘Loss of Kings Arms as a pub could safeguard building’

Read more
11:00

The first Exmouth Community Market (ECM) is tomorrow (Saturday, October 1), from 10am to 6pm, in The Strand.

Read more

Wildwood Escot staff are welcoming back a pair of hedgehogs they helped to rescue, by releasing them into the park.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

There’s still time to discover toys that are not only educational but have a serious adult message.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:17

The refusal of controversial plans for a 9.3-acre Sid Valley business park has been hailed as ‘a victory for common sense’ – but the land is still set to be developed.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:49

Council bosses met with key players apart of the Beach Management Plan (BMP) to discuss coastal flood and erosion options for Sidmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:11

Plans for new property on small site met with objections

Read more
Yesterday, 13:16

Police seized more than 80 cans and bottles of booze from underage drinkers on carnival night in Sidmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°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

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications