May 22, 2018:
I wonder if I can use this site to draw fellow residents attention to a new planning application on the West Devon Council’s planning section. (click here remember to scroll down the page) ref 1635/18/OPA
It seems our ‘ over the road ‘ neighbours, the Flowers have been, shall we say, a little economical with the truth when they have been assuring us and others ever since they moved in some 18 months that the only plans they have for their field next to their home Biddicombe and it has to be said opposite our home Pathfield on Park Road is for it to be a ‘ flower meadow ‘
In a hand delivered note received on Tuesday evening the 8th May they informed us and some others on Park Road that they were applying for outline planning permission for two houses on the field.
I guess that there will be some amongst us who will be thinking good on them, if that is you then, each to their own.
If though, like us you feel that the last thing Hatherleigh needs, especially at this time with the impending market development and possibly another at Runnon Moor Lane ( depending on what rumour you hear ) is one of the few green fields remaining inside the Town boundary being built on and purely for financial gain.
I wish to make crystal clear that yes I live smack opposite said field so yes I am bound to be objecting, wouldn’t you ?
In the context though of Hatherleigh’s current imminent growth, why do we need this ?
What precedent is being set if permission is granted and what would this mean for the remaining fields or perhaps a garden near you.
You can view the application online by visiting West Devon’s planning site and searching our postcode EX20 3JS.
If you feel motivated to then clearly we would appreciate any support by way of objections to the application.
Also if you have any constructive advice in combatting the situation then please feel free to let us know. We have already spotted some discrepancies and unticked boxes that may be relevant.
Kevin & Sheila Watts.
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