Campaigners cheer as plan thrown out
By Herald Express | Thursday, August 15, 2013, 07:00
DOZENS of campaigners cheered as a major housing scheme on fields at Collaton St Mary on the outskirts of Paignton was thrown out by planners.
WIN: Campaigners celebrate after major housing plans for Collaton St Mary are thrown out
Residents groups, including the Collaton Defence League and the village's Residents Association, packed into the meeting room at the Riviera Centre to hear just a few minutes of debate at a Torbay planning committee meeting.
Councillors unanimously refused Taylor Wimpey plans for up to 175 homes off the Totnes road on an area known as 'car boot field'.
It is the second time the scheme has been rejected by the committee.
Cllr Andrew Baldrey said: "I don't know what planet Taylor Wimpey is on.
"They thought they could take on little Torbay but we are not going to roll over and die like that. I hope they never bring it back."
The Exeter-based developers brought back the outline scheme for up to 175 houses after an earlier plan for 197 homes was refused in December.
It would mean developing a parcel of green field land not allocated for housing in the now outdated Torbay Local Plan.
Ann Waite, chairman of Collaton St Mary's residents association, told the committee that the development was 'totally inappropriate' and would have an impact on the village and the environment as a whole including the feeding grounds for Greater Horseshoe Bats.
She said: "They will clear off and you can't blame them.
"This is a green field site and so it should stay."
Ward Cllr David Thomas said that the development did not make the case for development in principle.
"This will have an adverse impact on the area," he said.
Ed Haines, speaking on behalf of Taylor Wimpey, said that the development would meet some of Torbay's local housing need.
He called for a deferment of the decision for further discussions.
Mr Haines said: "We feel that the application is being rushed through and we are not being given a fair period to respond to and discuss the issues."
But after hearing representations, members voted against deferment and voted out the scheme in minutes.