Honiton planning: Application to build 2-bed house in garden refused

By Kate Baxter

8th Sep 2023 | Local News

Top and right, an architect's sketch of the proposed dwelling and below right, Cherry Close. (EDDC and Nub News)
Top and right, an architect's sketch of the proposed dwelling and below right, Cherry Close. (EDDC and Nub News)

A Honiton resident who applied to build a new home in his front garden has had planning permission refused. 

The applicant, who lives on Cherry Tree Close in Honiton, hoped to build a new residence in the space next to his current home. 

The two-bedroomed house was to have a kitchen and separate lounge/dining room downstairs and two bedrooms and a shower room upstairs. 

The application divided the Honiton Town Council.

Two members supported the application and two objected. As the vote was tied, the casting vote was provided by the Chair who voted to object. Objections were on the grounds that the proposal would result in overdevelopment of the site, loss of green open space and would adversely impact on the character of the area.

A resident of a nearby property objected to the building and commented on the East Devon District Council website that the property was close to her own property and would affect the light levels. She also stated that the windows of the new property would look directly into hers. 

East Devon Cllr Violet Bonetta supported the application, stating: "I support this application. The proposed design fits well into the local street scene and takes into account the privacy of surrounding properties. The dwelling will provide much needed housing to the local area."

The application then went to East Devon District Council, who rejected the application after highlighting a number of issues.

The council believed the narrow design of the property was not in-keeping with the other houses on the road, did not provide adequate parking, would have an overbearing impact on neighbouring properties (specifically 25 Hornbeam Close) and would, in the event it was built, not provide 'satisfactory living conditions' for the future occupier. 

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