As you know, despite Abbotskerswell PC taking the issue to High Court, the development of 1700 homes between Wolborough and Abbotskerswell is still on the cards

Master Plan NA3

Picture taken from page 8 of Supporting Documents Thurs July 6th Additional

The consultation period for these revised plans expires on the 6th August 2017 but we are hoping for an extension to the end of September.

If any residents wish to review the latest plans, which include a revised route for the proposed road connecting Decoy Road with Totnes Road, there is guidance below, and here is the link to the documents on the planning portal at Teignbridge District Council.

The following are the grounds on which planning permission is most likely to be refused (although this list is not intended to be definitive) :

  • Adverse effect on the residential amenity of neighbours, by reason of (among other factors) noise*, disturbance*, overlooking, loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc. [*but note that this does not include noise or disturbance arising from the actual execution of the works, which will not be taken into account, except possibly in relation to conditions that may be imposed on the planning permission, dealing with hours and methods of working, etc. during the development]
  • Unacceptably high density / over-development of the site, especially if it involves loss of garden land or the open aspect of the neighbourhood (so-called ‘garden grabbing’)
  • Visual impact of the development
  • Effect of the development on the character of the neighbourhood
  • Design (including bulk and massing, detailing and materials, if these form part of the application)
  • The proposed development is over-bearing, out-of-scale or out of character in terms of its appearance compared with existing development in the vicinity
  • The loss of existing views from neighbouring properties would adversely affect the residential amenity of neighbouring owners
  • If in a Conservation Area, adverse effect of the development on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area (Wolborough Conservation Area is a factor)
  • If near a Listed Building, adverse effect of the development on the setting of the Listed Building (St. Mary’s Parish Church)
  • The development would adversely affect highway safety or the convenience of road users [but only if there is technical evidence to back up such a claim]. (Phases 1 and 2 construction and initial occupation of new houses being accessed from the western end of Coach Road/Old Totnes Road/Ogwell Cross – link road between Decoy and Ogwell Cross only completed at the end of Phase 3 – the eastern end of the development at Decoy 

The following points, on the other hand will not be taken into account in deciding on the acceptability of the development in planning terms :

  • The precise identity of the applicant;
  • The racial or ethnic origin of the applicant, their sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political views or affiliations or any other personal attributes;
  • The reasons or motives of the applicant in applying for planning permission (for example if the development is thought to be purely speculative);
  • Any profit likely to be made by the applicant;
  • The behaviour of the applicant;
  • Nuisance or annoyance previously caused by the applicant [unless this relates to an existing development for which retrospective permission is being sought];
  • Concerns about possible future development of the site (as distinct from the actual development which is currently being proposed);
  • Any effect on the value of neighbouring properties

Here's a link to a letter that Wolborough Residents Association (WRA) have sent to Newton Abbot Town Council expressing their concerns about the latest proposals from the Developers, PCL. 




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