A decision has finally been made on how the three Feniton developments currently at appeal will be heard.
Following a request from EDDC planning officers, the Planning Inspectorate has decided to hold a ‘Super Inquiry’ in which all parties (Feniton Park Ltd for Acland Park, Strategic Land Partnership for the land west of Ottery Road (Camp Field) and Wainhomes for an extension to the 50 homes allowed at appeal last August) will argue their case in front of a Planning Inspector.
If allowed, these developments would not only increase the size of the village by over 40%, but would send out a very clear message that Feniton is up for grabs. Indeed, agents for landowners adjoining these sites have made submissions to the draft Local Plan championing further development.
The informal hearing which was previously scheduled to be heard on 2/3 September this year has now been cancelled.
I am pushing for the Super Inquiry to be held in the village, possibly in the Bowling Club, but this will be determined as soon as a date for the event is known. Residents will be welcome to come along to have their say. Public submissions are taken at the beginning of each day and each speaker is allowed three minutes to make their statement.
Residents have come out in force in opposition to each of these sites over a number of years. They have cited the poor infrastructure of the village and the woeful public transport links which make Feniton an ‘unsustainable’ location for mass development.