350 new houses for Uplyme?
A public exhibition was held recently in Lyme Regis, by developers Hallam Land on behalf of the Pinhay Estate. Proposal for up to 350, 1-5 bed new houses, park and ride facility and sports pitches on 44 acres north of the A3052 between Shire Lane and Gore Lane.
Proposed site is west of the Devon : Dorset Border in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, adjacent to Coastal Preservation Zone with Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site beyond. Site rises gently from West to East to prominent ‘skyline’ at Devon : Dorset border.
What do the developers say…?
Full details are on my website – www.trinitymatters.co.uk (click link) – in summary:
Opportunities within Lyme Regis are constrained by landscape, nature conservation, highway and land instability factors. Site could meet housing needs of Lyme Regis and Uplyme. West Dorset District Council Local Plan has not identified enough land for development in Lyme Regis.
The proposal would minimise the impact of the development on the landscape. An initial study has suggested that the site is of ‘low biodiversity value’. Greenspace will provide benefits for ecology, play and recreation.
*A Transport Statement has been produced to assess impact of new traffic/car movements on the local highway network. It concluded that local network could accommodate the increase and ‘no significant adverse effects will occur’.
Parish Council initial view…?
Again, full details are on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk (click link) – in summary:
Uplyme Parish Council are concerned by the short notice of the exhibition and that, despite the site being in Uplyme, it included little mention of Uplyme on display boards, and was held in Lyme Regis.
The Parish Council had not received an invitation, but I was contacted by letter two days before the event, and was able to publish last minute details online to ensure they and other Uplyme residents were aware.
Numerous concerns were raised including;
- The prominent sky-line site position within the East Devon AONB.
- No indication where proposed householders would work, or school their children.
- Poor access to Lyme Regis parking or on foot. Absence of footpath for over 500 metres of steeply sloping route.
- Traffic effect, particularly Gore Lane and Clappentail Lane.
- Provision of medical facilities and attention.
*Cllr Whiting, requested a copy of the Transport Study. Was informed study to justify the conclusion not available for inspection – as it had not actually been completed
Parish Council resolves to fight development proposal for the site…
Uplyme Parish Council, in its May meeting, resolved to oppose development of the site;
“The Parish Council considers that proposals for development in the Shire Lane/ Sidmouth Road area of Uplyme are totally inappropriate, being on a hilltop in an AONB, outside the development boundary, and not in accordance with the Uplyme Parish Design Statement as approved by EDDC in 2005, and that a working party be set up to fight such proposals.”
Local Plan Progress…
East Devon and West Dorset District Councils are working toward a common methodology for assessment of possible housing sites, both sides of the border.
Strategic future for Lyme Regis…
Understand both West Dorset and East Devon District Councils remain of view that future growth in Lyme Regis will focus on limited development to satisfy local needs only, due to environmental constraints – both sides of the County boundary.
Excellent progress is made by the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan team. Recognises that as the plan advances, can increasing ‘weight’ in the determination of planning applications in the parish.
Lyme Regis Town Council invited to liaise with Uplyme Parish Team with response requested by the end of March. A follow-up was sent in mid-May.
Understand no application for designation of neighbourhood plan area in Lyme Regis.
New TrinityMatters website now live…
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