Like a petulant child who fails to understand the word ‘No!’, Wainhomes has made public its intention to build more houses in the poor besieged village of Feniton.
Fifty homes won at appeal in 2012 are currently under construction on land off Station Road, marketed as Winchester Park. The site itself was not a site which the Parish Council, the District Council or indeed the people of Feniton wanted to see developed.
Wainhomes fought a Super Inquiry in January this year to build an extension of 83 houses to Winchester Park and the result of the inquiry, made public just four months ago, dismissed the appeal on the grounds of sustainability and landscape amenity.
The decision by Planning Inspector, Jessica Graham, has not stopped the voracious ambitions of this developer, who intend to put the village through yet more misery.
But to be clear, there is no formal application currently with EDDC … Wainhomes have simply expressed an intention which planners have to consider.
Reports that the developer is already marketing the additional homes they hope to build in Feniton is simply a marketing ploy to demonstrate that there is interest in the new houses.
Like any plan, this application has to be assessed by planners, meet with the approval of Feniton Parish Council, be subject to full public consultation, and be approved by the Planning Committee at EDDC. Eventually, the extra houses could be the subject of an appeal.
Any potential purchaser who is thinking that their new home will have magnificent countryside views might be wise to consider precisely what Wainhomes’ next strategic move might be before buying.