Here we go again …
Less than one week after the Wainhomes’ application for 30 houses was rejected at the DMC chairman’s delegated meeting (see https://susiebond.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wainhomes-kicked-into-the-long-grass/), the insatiable appetite of this developer has led it scurrying back to Feniton to scavenge what it can from the remains of the field behind Louvigny Close.
The rich pickings are getting smaller and smaller and this time are a soupçon compared to the feast originally envisaged. Wainhomes scoffs at the table of Feniton’s rich agricultural land with such frequency that severe indigestion and bloating must be a serious possibility.
The latest application is for 13 houses. Those who have been keeping up with development in Feniton will know the history … first 150, then 50, then 83, then 31, then 30 and now 13. It’s frankly exhausting and is seriously getting beyond a joke.
The Parish Council still has grave concerns about the adequacy of the attenuation tanks (finally installed after a Breach of Condition Notice was put on the site) and these are currently being addressed by Wainhomes’ drainage consultants.
Meanwhile, the revised Local Plan has been passed by full Council to be put before the Planning Inspector, Anthony Thickett, and he will shortly be giving his thoughts on the plan before it is sent out for public consultation. The numbers envisaged for East Devon are eye-watering (or lip-smacking if you’re a developer) … 950 houses a year for the next 18 years.
Under Strategy 27 of the Local Plan, Feniton can however decide on its future housing numbers through the Neighbourhood Plan, currently being prepared by the Parish Council in consultation with residents.
The latest planning application for 13 houses (15/0694/MFUL) is now live, but the paperwork will not be uploaded for a couple of days yet.
As usual, there is a consultation period for residents to put their submissions, either for or against the proposal, on the EDDC website. This time, the opportunity to have your say closes on 21 April.
Meanwhile, the next Feniton Parish Council meeting is 13 April at 7.30 pm in the main village hall.