Devon

Lympstone and Exmouth homes: Inquiry rejects plan

East Devon development plans
Image caption East Devon District Council rejected the plans twice

A planning inspector has rejected an appeal by a developer who wants to build more than 150 homes in east Devon countryside.

Strategic Land Partnerships (SLP) appealed against East Devon District Council's decision to twice refuse the plans.

But following a public inquiry, the planning inspector rejected the scheme.

SLP, which wanted to build between the edge of Exmouth and Lympstone, said it would "review its position".

A public inquiry was opened after the council twice rejected plans for 154 homes as well as business units, a health centre, crèche, nursery and shop.

'Unsuitable for housing'

In his full report, planning inspector Neil Pope said: "The appeal is dismissed and outline planning permission is refused."

He said "the proposal would seriously harm the character and appearance of the area" which "led me to conclude this site is unsuitable for housing"

He added: "Local opposition or support for a proposal is not in itself a ground for refusing planning permission.

"Nevertheless, I am mindful of the overwhelming, if not unanimous, opposition to the scheme. Some of these concerns are founded upon valid planning reasons."

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