Is this the end for Newton Poppleford’s GP surgery hopes?
- Credit: Archant
Planners have recommended the council does not fight an appeal over an application to build homes for fear of having to pay costs.
Land at King Alfred Way, was originally earmarked for a GP practice, but developer Clinton Devon Estates (CDE) applied instead to build two more homes as part of its wider 40-home development.
Newton Poppleford Parish Council continues to campaign for a surgery to be built.
East Devon District Council deferred a decision on the homes application but CDE has lodged an appeal over the delay.
On Tuesday (August 6) the council's development management committee will decide whether to fight the appeal or give the homes plan permission.
You may also want to watch:
Officers have recommended the homes be approved as fighting the appeal would incur costs and may be lost.
In a new report planners say permission for the wider scheme was granted, in part, because of the inclusion of a new doctors' surgery. However, they say the scheme did not require a surgery.
- 1 Aldi has Sidmouth in its sights for new supermarket
- 2 Tributes paid to 'a real gentleman' of Sidmouth
- 3 Covid case rise in Devon's young people prompts warning
- 4 Person with broken ankle rescued from Littlecombe Shute
- 5 No immediate work on town's cliffs despite recent falls
- 6 Time to show results for £100M broadband fund
- 7 Police launch campaign to bin pressure on 101 number
- 8 Changin' with the times in Connaught Gardens
- 9 New Sidmouth Lifeguard Service launched for summer season
- 10 Spectacular garden opens to the public at Bickwell Valley
The application has been discussed previously in March and in June when members agreed a decision would be deferred for three months.
The new report says: "On the basis that officers have consistently recommended that planning permission be granted as there is no planning justification to resist the loss of the doctor's surgery, the officer recommendation is to advise the Planning Inspectorate that had it retained the power to determine the application, it would have approved planning permission subject to conditions.
"This route is the most sound on planning grounds and the most likely to prevent an application for costs against the council or grant of costs against the council by the planning inspector."