A PLANNING inspector has agreed to the construction of 20 new houses in Holcombe which will provide more affordable homes in the village.
The site at Little Leigh had been the subject of two separate developments, one for 15 properties and the other for 20.
Outline planning permission had already been granted for up to 35 new homes but Teignbridge Council rejected detailed applications, partly on the grounds that the design would be out of keeping with the surrounding area.
The number of affordable homes was also a sticking point with the 15 homes site only providing three when Teignbridge Council’s policies require 25 per cent which meant the development should provide four.
Leander Developments, which is behind the proposals, appealed against the decision.
Concerns had been raised by residents and Holcombe Residents’ Association about the impact on the road network and infrastructure.
Planning inspector J P Roberts said: ‘In respect of the appeal for the 15 home scheme, I find that although the proposal would provide satisfactory open space and adequately promote inclusive communities.
‘But this is outweighed by the harm that I have found in respect of the provision of affordable housing.
‘I consider that the proposal would conflict with the development plan as a whole, and that for the reasons given above, the appeal should be dismissed.
‘In respect of the appeal for the 20 home scheme, I find that, subject to the imposition of conditions, the proposal would not result in material harm to character and appearance and should be allowed.’