Plans to build homes near Teignmouth school are thrown out

Plans to redevelop land around the entrance to Trinity School in Teignmouth have been thrown out by councillors.

Two separate application for housing on land at Buckeridge Road went before Teignbridge District Council planners on Tuesday morning.

Four homes would have been built on a car park that was used for staff parking at the nursery at the school prior to its relocation, while six homes would have been built in when Trinity Lodge was demolished.

But concerns about the new houses being overbearing, interfering with the amenity of neighbours, there being no means to secure any affordable housing, the scale, design and appearance was out of keeping with the area, and that it would add to the existing congestion and traffic problems in the area.

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Cllr Rosalind Prowse said: “I remember going on a site visit to this site beforehand and I wasn’t happy about it being a car park, let alone anything else. This is not a good plan for the particular area, and is dangerous, and the traffic in the area has now increased since this. We know what the site is like and I am opposed to this.”

Cllr Colin Parker said that the lack of any footpaths meant that you take your life into your hands when you walk to the site. He added: “There have been 58 objections to this and they are saying the same thing and are singing from the same hymn sheet.”

Cllr Beryl Austen proposed that the plan for the car park be refused as they development is inappropriate and in the wrong place, overbearing, interfering with amenity of neighbours and the scale, design and appearance is out of context, with Cllr Prowse adding that just about everything could be a reason for refusal.

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And Cllr Jacqui Orme proposed that the plan for Trinity Lodge be refused on design grounds as it was ‘not in keeping with the area, not imaginative, is not setting high quality design standards and is not in keeping with the street scene’.

Despite officers recommending both plans for approval, councillors voted by 16 votes to two on both occasions to refuse them.

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