Revised plans for Old Convent homes approved

New plans to develop land behind the Old Convent in Ottery have been approved by the district council.

New plans to develop land behind the Old Convent in Ottery have been approved by the district council.

Archant

New plans to put houses on Ottery’s ‘last green oasis’ have been approved by the district council.

The land behind the Old Convent was the subject of a bitter row in 2009, with proposals for a dozen homes only successful on appeal.

But nearby residents were spared from any development after the site was put straight back up for sale, and has not found a buyer since.

In September however a new application emerged, offering to replace and ‘improve’ the previous planning permission.

The new scheme is still for 12 homes, but will only include two flats instead of the previous scheme’s eight, and 10 three-bedroom houses.

A statement from architects GJR, working on behalf of applicant Feniton Park Ltd, said it will create a ‘small scale, mews-style residential development’, with a ‘sensitive’ design, including a commercial unit for retail or office use.

The original planning application prompted scores of complaints from residents of Franklea Close and Tip Hill, who branded it a ‘monstrosity’.

East Devon District Council ruled the proposed apartment block ‘unacceptable’, and rejected the scheme, a decision which was overturned by the planning inspector.

But planning officials were in favour of the new scheme, saying it would not ‘adversely affect the privacy or amenity’ of neighbouring properties, the character and appearance of the conservation area, or damage to trees and wildlife.

Ottery Town Council was also in favour of the plans, but said it felt it was being ‘held to ransom’ when voting on the revised application, only supporting it because it was not as bad as the previous proposal.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Gallery:Star Wars Day

13:27
The Bennett family pose with s group of Stormtroopers at the Star Wars day at the World of Country Life on Monday. Ref exe 18-16SH 2980. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures at World of Country Life

Read more
10:33
Deer in field.

People across East Devon have been warned not to touch young deer that appear abandoned in the countryside.

Read more
16:48
June Woodward was presented with Ottery's Citizen of the Year award by mayor Glyn Dobson

‘She has spent her life serving her community’

Read more
16:30
Seagull-proof rubbish bags are to be introduced.

The amount of rubbish being dropped in a Sidmouth road has dramatically increased since a number of bins were removed, according to a shop owner.

Read more
Barnstaple Post Office in Boutport Street could be moving.

The Post Office is launching a consultation tomorrow (Wednesday) to close its Boutport Street branch and relocate to High Street shop.

Read more
14:42

A drink driver from Exmouth who killed a 20-year-old man has escaped with a fine; the court said his driving ‘had not caused the accident’.

Read more
14:00
North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Letter to Jeremy Hunt calls for assurances as petitions urging the protection of services attract thousands of signatures.

Read more
12:38
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Torrington man was twice the drink-drive limit when he spotted police officers and skidded his car to a halt.

Read more
12:10
Pictured from the front (l to r) arer Tony Woodman Cllr Ian Thomas, Trustees of The Seaton Gateway Theatre Company, Barbara Deardon Potter BME, Paul Hotchkiss (Seaton Citizen of the Year) and Alan Nicholas, and Cllr Marcus Hartnel.

‘Community asset’ is handed back to the local council

Read more
Phoebe Lewis-Carptener, 14, has written about the Mind, Body and Soul show.

Phoebe Lewis-Carptener, 14, gives an insight into the second ever Mind, Body and Soul Festival at The Big Sheep.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications