Row erupts over state of garden on Ottery St Mary housing development

PUBLISHED: 10:53 20 September 2016

The gardens at the new development in Ottery. Ref shs  37-16TI 7458. Picture: Terry Ife

The gardens at the new development in Ottery. Ref shs 37-16TI 7458. Picture: Terry Ife

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'It's a right tip'

The gardens at the new development in Ottery. Ref shs  37-16TI 7459. Picture: Terry IfeThe gardens at the new development in Ottery. Ref shs 37-16TI 7459. Picture: Terry Ife

A row has erupted over the state of a garden on an Ottery housing development - which the mayor claims breaches planning conditions. Councillor Glyn Dobson said the area behind the back of the Ottery Town Council’s offices, in Broad Street, had been ‘neglected’ by developer Feniton Park Ltd.

He added that, despite requests for the area to be tidied up several times since the homes were built nearby, the garden had remained untouched.

Cllr Dobson said that, when the development was given the go-ahead, planning conditions had been put in place to ensure the the garden would be maintained. And despite his best efforts to prompt action, he had now been forced to ask East Devon District Council (EDDC) to get involved. “They have not cut it in three years,” said Cllr Dobson. “We look directly out at it - we are looking at it all the time and it looks like a right tip. It’s a mess. We have put up with it for a long time.

“We are very fed up of asking. It is a planning condition and should be abided by.”

He added that councillors were told last week that the garden would be strimmed, but nothing had yet happened.

An EDDC spokesman said yesterday: “We are looking into the matter and will confirm details as and when we have more information.”

Feniton Park Ltd declined to comment.

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