This was a 5 day public inquiry into an appeal against the non-determination by Teignbridge District Council of a part-outline, part-full planning application for a proposed mixed use urban extension to Newton Abbot at Wolborough Barton Farm, including 1210 dwellings as well as community, retail and employment development.
The site was allocated by Policy NA3 of the Teignbridge Local Plan but since the allocation Historic England and Natural England objected on heritage and habitats grounds. The heritage objection related to the impact on the setting of the nearby Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church, and the habitats objection alleged that it is not possible to rule out adverse impact on the integrity of the South Hams Special Area of Conservation, in relation to Greater Horseshoe Bats. Following those objections the Council did not determine the application. A duplicate application was recommended for approval by Council officers but refused by members of the Council’s Planning Committee.
The appeal was recovered by the Secretary of State for his own determination.
Charles Banner QC appeared for the Appellants (the Rew family, the owners of the appeal site), instructed by David Seaton of PCL Planning.