Agenda and minutes

Presentations on sites put forward for inclusion in the new Local Plan, Strategic Planning Committee - Wednesday, 26th January, 2022 10.00 am

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Declarations of interest

Guidance is available online to Councillors and co-opted members on making declarations of interest


Minute 69. Declarations of interest.

Councillor Dan Ledger, Personal, Mayor and Seaton Town Councillor.  Also lives close to several of the land areas proposed for development in the Seaton area.


Minute 69. Declarations of interest.

Councillor Geoff Pratt, Personal, Members of the East Devon AONB Partnership.


Minute 69. Declarations of interest.

Councillor Paul Arnott, Personal, Family member known to the Clinton family who own land in Otterton.


Minute 69. Declarations of interest.

Councillor Philip Skinner, Personal, Plymtree Parish Councillor; known to FWS Carter & Sons and the Stewart family; Also owns land in Talaton that is in the HELAA process which is not detailed in any documentation being discussed.


Minute 69. Declarations of interest.

Councillor Sarah Chamberlain, Personal, Broadclyst Ward Member and Broadclyst Parish Councillor.


Presentations from developers and land owners/promoters


The Chair welcomed everyone to the final meeting of presentations and advised Members that it was for information gathering purposes only and Members would not be making any decisions or indications about whether sites should be included in the draft Local Plan.  He reminded Members that each presentation would be 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions.  Any questions after 5 minutes would need to be forwarded to the Democratic Services Officer who would forward them to the relevant person for a response.  The questions and responses would be provided as a link in the minutes.


The following presentations were presented to Members for Seaton.


Iestyn John representing Clinton Devon Estates


Land at Clay Common, Seaton (Seat_09)

·         The site is on the western edge of Seaton and sits in line with existing dwellings;

·         It is in a small area of open land (paddock) with access via a properly laid road with wide visibility splays onto Beer Road;

·         To the west is a former quarry and is marked by a very dense area of woodland;

·         The site is visible from the surrounding area;

·         Opportunity for five dwellings with use of the existing access which does not need to be altered;

·         Existing trees and hedges to the north west of the site which can be retained;

·         The distance between dwellings are sufficiently separate within the landscape.


Questions raised by Members:

o   Clarification sought on any constraints.  In response Mr John confirmed the land does fit within the Coastal Preservation Area and does not meet any of the landscape objectives by its location.  He advised it was not common land and was used as pasture;

o   Clarification sought on whether the land was considered back land development.  In response Mr John advised the development would be an extension of the settlement;

o   Clarification sought about how the development would remain in keeping with the houses in Beer Road.  Mr John acknowledged that the houses in Beer Road were very large with five + bedrooms and although they would look smaller in comparison they would have generous gardens;

o   Clarification sought about the large area bounded by houses on two sides.  Mr John advised it was not a formal area for recreational use.


Alan Sydenham, Herridge Property representing landowners


Land at Barnards Hill Lane, Seaton (Seat_02)

·         The land joins the existing built up area boundary of the town approximately 1 mile from the seafront in a central area close to facilities, GP surgery and primary school;

·         Proposal for approximately 60 dwellings with appropriate levels of affordable housing and public open space;

·         Existing houses along the southern and eastern boundaries;

·         The land slopes gently from north west to south east and is currently in agricultural use with established trees and hedges around the site which screen the site from adjoining houses;

·         The site is available and deliverable within a suitable timeframe;

·         Discussions undertaken about potential vehicle and pedestrian access with the possibility of a safe access onto Popular Tree Drive

·         There are regular  ...  view the full minutes text for item 69.