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Village campaigners fight further new homes

By This is Devon  |  Posted: January 18, 2010

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BELEAGUERED residents are campaigning against more development in an area of Newton Abbot already ear-marked for 450 new homes.

Teignbridge Council will today decide whether or not to pass plans for 85 dwellings on land off Mile End Road.

Plans submitted by Eagle One Ltd also include highway works and open space development, sought for means of access.

Residents are concerned about an increase in traffic along the narrow road and say the infrastructure cannot cope with the increase in population.

Several letters of objection have been sent to the council including one from campaigners Highweek Against Rural Development, who are strongly opposed to development in the area.

Objector Clive Baxter said: "As owner of part of the land needed for the proposed road widening, I strongly object to this scheme and do not wish to sell my land.

"The proposed building of these homes will take away the peace and quiet of our village and absorb Highweek into an urban sprawl towards Ashburton.

"Planning permission has already been granted for 450 homes in the next field. Do we really need further homes as well?"

One resident, who did not want to be named, added: "I cannot believe this can be contemplated considering the narrowness of the road through Highweek village, and the two or three times per day when it is already overburdened with rat-run traffic."

In April 2008 plans for a 450-home estate in the area were approved despite hundreds of objections and a legal threat from one of South Devon's biggest landowners, WBB, now known as Sibelco.

Councillors approved Persimmon Homes' controversial plans to redevelop 31 acres of land at Mile End.

The outline application attracted up to 700 letters of objection and divided planners' opinion.

The application for up to 85 dwellings will go before the development control committee today.

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    Norman, Highweek !  |  January 18 2010, 5:17PM

    Yet again TDC roll over & play dead to developers, The road through Highweek is single file in several places, 450 extra homes = 450 extra cars (roughly) ALL converging on an already overcrowded Ashburton Rd, No extra dorctors or places at existing schools. Ashbuton Rd resembles a car park most mornings & evenings as it is !! As for Nimbys ! Michael Why dont you ask for 450 extra homes in you neighbourhood ?? or could you be a Nimby ??

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    rob, torquay  |  January 18 2010, 4:02PM

    who if any can afford houses in the south devon area?The young of this area have NO chance of buying any houses,new build or other,so why do we keep on building when they can not be purchased by any on local???

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    michael, torbay  |  January 18 2010, 3:40PM

    Nimbys comes to mind here. Typical bloody British arrogance toward those who need housing.