Bowd woman fears ‘life-changing’ appeal decision

Kelly Lynch

Kelly Lynch

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A woman awaiting the decision of an appeal to let her build a home on land which has been in her family for more than a century says the case has been ‘soul-destroying’.

Kelly Lynch had a hearing with the planning inspector at Knowle at the start of March, where scores of people lined up to speak on her behalf.

The 35-year-old care worker fears being left homeless after her dream of building a bungalow on land near the Bowd was snatched away, after being initially approved.

She took her case to appeal after the district council reversed its decision to give the go-ahead to her for a small dwelling on the site in Coombe Goyle, which has been owned by her family for generations.

A ruling by the planning inspector is expected in the next few weeks, which Kelly said will be a ‘real turning point’ in her life if her plans to carry on living at her family’s land are blocked.

The care worker said she was angry the way her case was handled by the district council, who have also applied to the planning inspector to charge her for their appeal costs.

“It’s not as though I’ve just bought the land, I am simply trying to do what my family has done for more than 100 years,” she said.

“I can’t keep living in limbo, it’s soul-destroying.”

A councillor who spoke on her behalf hopes ‘common sense can win out over bureaucracy’ in the case.

Claire Wright was at the informal hearing held at Knowle, where speakers included Miss Lynch’s neighbours and local campaigners Alan Darrant and Robert Crick.

Ottery mayor Glyn Dobson and district councillor Roger Giles also spoke, all arguing the council’s view that the small proposed house was against planning policy and was ignoring common sense in favour of bureaucracy.


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