Branscombe Parish Council looks at controversial planning application

PUBLISHED: 09:59 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:58 17 June 2010

WESTON residents were due to appeal for Branscombe Parish Council not to support a controversial planning application for a holiday park last night. M2 Leisure Services submitted an application in September to build 17 new residential holiday units at Sto

WESTON residents were due to appeal for Branscombe Parish Council not to support a controversial planning application for a holiday park last night.

M2 Leisure Services submitted an application in September to build 17 new residential holiday units at Stoneleigh Holiday Park which was met with animosity from Weston residents and some Stoneleigh leaseholders.

Branscombe Parish Council strongly opposed the application which they discussed at their monthly meeting held on November 6.

However, an amended application for Stoneleigh was due to go before the parish council yesterday evening.

The application is to reduce external lighting, remove the top right corner of the site and included a revised planting scheme for M2 Services Ltd.

In a written submission to Branscombe Parish Council, Weston residents said the amended plans "do not resolve any of the original objections."

It states that outdoor lighting has only been reduced by two lights and therefore added light pollution will still arise.

M2 Leisure Services have now submitted a further amendment, which would decrease the amount of light pollution, however, it was unlikely to be discussed at the meeting last night as the Parish Council had not received the additional plans.

Residents are also worried that the increase in parking spaces is not enough to cope with increased traffic to the site and, as the proposed number of bungalows has not been reduced, overdevelopment in the area is still a primary concern.

The submission also states an entrance cut through the Devon bank in September has not been reinstated despite no longer being part of the planning application.

Several people say they have been waiting over a month for a reply from EDDC about specific questions they have put to them regarding Stoneleigh.

And David Hedges, manager of Leigh Cottages holiday site, has said his original letter of objection has not appeared on EDDC's planning website.

A spokesman for EDDC said yesterday: "We do not usually put letters of objection on our website which ask questions, however, after speaking to our planning department we will put Mr Hedges objection online."

EDDC also said they do not reply to objections but take them into account as part of their planning observations.

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