Lamerton plan for 20 homes on greenfield resubmitted

By Sarah Pitt   |   Reporter   |
Wednesday 26th January 2022 7:00 am
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A controversial proposal for 20 homes on a greenfield site in Lamerton has been resubmitted to West Devon Borough Council for outline planning permission after being turned down in the autumn.

Property developer Baker Estates has submitted the application, 4650/21/OPA, and details can be viewed on the planning section of the borough council website. Comments are invited by February 3.

It is a resubmission of application 1766/21/OPA which was turned down by the borough council’s development management committee in October.

The committee refused the application after hearing from borough councillor Neil Jory, who represents Milton Ford ward (which includes Lamerton).

Cllr Jory, who is also the borough council leader, said he could not support the application for land behind The Farriers, as it did not include affordable housing.

He added that there were already a number of developments of ‘open market’ housing elsewhere in the village and that the develoment was ‘likely to create an unsafe environment for pedestrians’ as it would involve more traffic exiting onto busy Old Launceston Road. A number of residents had already objected on those grounds.

The latest application apparently includes affordable housing. WDBC affordable housing officer Cassandra Harrison said that the application met the requirement of having 30 per cent of the homes being built as affordalbe housing, required for every development of over 11 homes.

In a written response to the application, she said the council would require 65 per cent of these to be available to be rented at affordable rates and 35 per cent ownershp (part rent/ part buy).

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