A decision of plans to build homes and employment land on a ‘high risk flood zone’ at Clyst St Mary has been delayed.
The plans, submitted by Friends Life Limited, are outline plans for 150 new homes and 0.7 hectares of employment land, which will include full permission for 67 homes and conversion of Winslade House and The Stables on the land at Winslade Park.
The application is also seeking outline permission for means of access only for up to 83 homes, new workplace units of 1,809sq m and associated infrastructure on the site of the Aviva buildings in Clyst St Mary.
Clyst House, Winslade Park, Clyst St Mary
It was due to go before East Devon District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday and had been recommended for approval – despite residents of Clyst St Mary have expressed major concerns due to the flood risk because historically the Grindle Brook and River Clyst have frequently caused severe damage.
But just days before the meeting, the application has been withdrawn from the agenda so that further discussions can take place.
An East Devon District Council spokesman said: “We are currently considering an application at Winslade Park, Clyst St Mary from Friends Provident for 150 homes and employment units (16/2460/MOUT). The application is included as part of the published agenda for East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 31.
“However, following a request from Friends Provident we have agreed to withdraw this item from the agenda to enable further discussions to take place.
Aerial view of Clyst St Mary
“We understand that there are concerns from the community about the flooding implications of this development.
“However, none of the houses are proposed to be built in the flood zone with only a small number of employment units being at risk of flooding. The impact of flooding on these units would be minimised, they would not increase flood risk elsewhere and they are considered to be a low risk use in flood risk terms and therefore no objections to this have been raised by the Environment Agency.
“This issue is however one of many complex matters to be considered including the protection of a grade II* listed building and the loss of sports facilities at the site.”
Clyst St Mary Parish Council had objected on the grounds of the loss of and removal of the Stable Club, its swimming pool and gym and that part of the area lies on a flood zone.
The planning application is for the conversion of the listed Winslade House and stables into 67 residential units and consent for outline permission for the erection of up to 83 dwellings, new office buildings and associated infrastructure on the remainder of the site, and planners had recommended approval as it is considered that the re-use of redundant buildings, the provision of office space and the erection of up to 83 new homes would bring substantial public benefits that would outweigh the limited harm to the setting of the listed building.
Beyond the Trees – The Proposed Employment Site
No date for when the application will go back before the committee has been listed.
Source: Devon live