This is a very important planning application given its location in the centre of the town. Such a location means that it will have a significant visual impact on the town. The application will involve the demolition of the existing single storey commercial premises next to the dental surgery and the development of the garden area around the commercial premises. Permission is being sought for a retail unit and seven dwellings.
The application has generated a large amount of public interest or, to be more accurate, opposition. At the time of writing there are some 95 objections on the planning portal. When the Town Council’s planning committee met to consider the application on 5 August some 127 members of the public attended to express their views. The outcome was that the planning committee voted to oppose the application. Their reasons for doing so were that the scale and design of the building was unsuitable for the town setting and the conservation area. Councillors were also concerned that it had an overbearing impact on the listed war memorial and obelisk as well as the design and materials being out of keeping with the street scene in New and Old Exeter Street.
This is not the end of the matter. The Town Council is purely a consultee on planning applications. The decision-maker is the principal planning authority, Teignbridge District Council. Most planning decisions are made under delegated powers by the planning officers. Due to the importance of this application it will, instead, be considered by the Development Control Committee which consists of elected councillors. They will meet to consider this application on 22 September.