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Opposition grows over plans for 197 new homes at Collaton St Mary

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

objections: The field (outlined in red) in Collaton St Mary where developers Taylor Wimpey want to build 197 homes

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OPPOSITION to plans for 197 new homes to be built on a green field on the edge of Paignton is mounting.

More than 200 letters of objection to the Taylor Wimpy scheme in Collaton St Mary have already been sent to Torbay Council to fight what local residents see as a massive development on a field with great agricultural value.

The amount of objections has also forced the authority to extend the deadline before the Exeter-based developer's application can go before the planning committee.

Objectors believe the scheme would have a detrimental effect on the environment and tourism, while it would also generate extra traffic on an already congested road and would increase the risks of flooding.

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The site of the proposal is known as the 'car boot field' but objectors insisted it is much more than that.

Resident and opponent to the scheme, Brian Townsend-Marlow, said: "This field is not a car boot field.

"It is, in fact, listed as grade II agriculture and pasture land.

"In the last 18 months it has been used to provide hay and grazing sheep, and is also listed as an area of great landscape value and a countryside zone.

"Taylor Wimpy has not yet had planning permission. There have been, so far, upwards of 203 good objections to this application and it is mounting."

Taylor Wimpey is hoping to build 197 two, three and four-bedroom homes as part of a £20million investment on land off the A385 Totnes Road at Collaton St Mary.

The company said it had exchanged contracts with the landowner to purchase the site.

If approved the scheme would have 30 per cent 'affordable' homes and provision for a library, say developers.

The last date for the lodging of objections is December 5.

Mr Townsend-Marlow added: "We appeal to all including surrounding districts to make a stand and see if we can make a democratic difference to keep our valued and beautiful scenic corridor, preserving this along with our precious wildlife and food chain for future generations to come.

"We have to turn the tide in favour of the people and stop this headlong charge into our green fields to build just for money.

"Brown fields should be given priority to build new homes on. The only joy for many of the less fortunate in our society is the beautiful green valleys and wildlife which we are fortunate to have around us."

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  • damian1  |  November 19 2012, 6:29PM

    I am not protesting, i am objecting to a deviation of the local plan to remove a site of great landscape value from the area. There is a mix of social and private housing on the site

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  • Dangerman  |  November 19 2012, 6:21PM

    damian1, So you wouldnt be protesting if this housing to be built was council housing ?

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  • damian1  |  November 19 2012, 5:58PM

    No objection to social housing- i was brought up in a council house.The main point is that this is agricultural land in an area of great landscape value.We have a duty to preserve such areas for our children and grandchildren or within their lifetimes they will be able to travel from Torquay to Plymouth without any green land visible.I quantify this by asking you to look at the Newton Road corridor in Torquay and comparing it with ten,twenty and thirty years ago.

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  • Dangerman  |  November 18 2012, 11:04PM

    damian1, Do you object to social housing ?

  • damian1  |  November 18 2012, 10:34PM

    Please, everyone, post this to their wall and send to anyone that loves our Torbay countryside. We have to preserve this village and its land for our children and grandchildren.If this building is allowed then what is next? Cockington?Babbacombe Downs?Sherwell Park. The application goes to the planning committee at Torquay Town Hall on Monday December 10th. Please come along and show your support by objecting to this madness. Please write or email your Torbay Councillors and object to this application.You can find their names here http://tinyurl.com/a9u9oo3 PLEASE HELP SAVE YOUR COUNTRYSIDE

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  • Dangerman  |  November 15 2012, 11:38AM

    What this Region in general needs, is low rented council housing/social housing to take younger people out of the trap of the means tested high rent sector. What this region does'nt need is more houses built to buy. It goes without saying that the poor of Torbay cannot afford to buy.

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