Planning Application 14/03324/MAJ
Application for up to 80 houses and access.
CPRE objected to the previous application on this site – 13/03590/MAJ as this is a hilltop site. Application refused 21/10/14. The Teign estuary is a protected landscape and this development would be dominant and overbearing over the surrounding countryside. There are significant concerns about the increased traffic and poor access on and off the site.
We have resubmitted our objections which are due to be considered at Planning Committee on 16th December. In addition to the previous comments (see below), CPRE has argued that approvals within the Linden Homes site have already compromised the provision of 5 hectares green space on the top of Penns Mount, so Codex should not be permitted to develop there too. CPRE would argue that this encroachment increases the strength of the case for rigorously enforcing the protection of the green top of Penns Mount and we object to routing a road through the top of the site.
CPRE presented the following points to the Planning Committee on 21/10/14:
• The proposal is contrary to Policy KS6 of the Local Plan as part of the development will be in the area which should be allocated for the hilltop park. In this outline application there could be at least 18 homes which are proposed to be built outside the designated development area of KS6.
• The Council`s own Landscape Officer has reported that “The proposal would not protect the hilltop as a green landscape feature and would have an adverse impact on views to the hilltop, particularly from the Teign estuary to the south (Templer Way), A380 and Hackney Marshes. Houses to the east of the care home would also be visible from the public footpath to the east and are likely to be visible above the ridge line separating the site from the Teign estuary to the east.” Policy KS6 emphasises the need to protect the views from south east which are particularly sensitive. The proposed design of this development would have significant adverse impact on the views from Hackney Marshes and is, therefore, contrary to Policy KS6.
• Policy WE11 states that “public open space should be designed as part of the overall green infrastructure and layout of the site, taking advantage of the potential for multiple benefits including enhanced play, wildlife, sustainable urban drainage, tree planting and landscape provision.” A large open space on the hilltop will deliver multiple benefits and would in line with Policy WE11. Policy KS6 clearly states that “a hilltop park of at least 5 hectares” should be provided. Para. 3.25 of the Officer`s Report argues that over 5 hectares of open space will be delivered in several smaller areas scattered around the Penns Mount area. However, this will afford less room for play and reduce the open aspects. It will not deliver the multiple benefits required by Policy WE11 and is contrary to the required size of the hilltop park in Policy KS6.
• We would urge Members to refuse this application. Members have previously taken decisions to approve applications because they are consistent with the adopted Local Plan. In this case, Members should refuse this application because it is inconsistent with Policies KS6 and WE11 of the adopted Local Plan.
Further concerns were raised by local residents and Kingsteignton Town Council regarding the potential major traffic problems which will be caused from the increase in volume and the second access onto Vicarage Hill from Penns Mount. This also reflected the problems arising from a lack of a strategic plan for the KS6 site.
CPRE has issued the following Press Release:“CPRE welcome the decision of Teignbridge District Council`s Planning Committee to refuse permission for a development of up to 80 houses on the top of Penns Mount today. Teignbridge Chairman, Peter Finch, said that “this is a triumph for common sense in the Planning System. The top of Penns Mount is meant to be preserved as an open green space in the Teignbridge Local Plan. Developers already have permission to build up to 250 houses on Penns Mount.Any further development will clog up the roads in Kingsteignton even more. This decision will protect the views of the gateway to Kingsteignton and preserve the rural character of its setting in the Teign Estuary.”
The 2 public speakers accurately represented the concerns of local residents, CPRE and the Town Council.”
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