An application to build 30 new homes on a split site in West Hill has received outline planning permission.

The proposals will see the homes - including 50 per cent affordable housing - built on two pieces of land north and east of Eastfield Gardens.

West Hill Parish Council and many local residents objected, saying the village primary school is over-subscribed and GP services are overstretched - as are the schools and medical services in nearby Ottery St Mary.  The village has very few amenities, particularly in terms of facilities for children and young people, and sparse public transport.

There were concerns about extra traffic and an increased flood risk in an area with a history of surface water flooding and drainage problems. Objectors also expressed disappointment at the potential loss of trees, including ancient woodland.

But East Devon District Council's planning committee granted conditional approval, as recommended by officers, on Tuesday, October 24.