West Dart development Phase 2 plans to be submitted

As reported by the Dartmouth Chronicle on Friday 7th July

Millwood Homes will apply for outline planning permission for Phase 2 of the West Dart Development and wants the views of the local community.

Millwood are seeking to file the planning application in July this year and would like the views of the local community prior to submitting the application. A feedback questionnaire can be downloaded from a page created by planning consultants, WYG, on its site: www.wyg.com      (Although I must admit I could not find it!!!)

Phase 1 of West Dart was granted outline planning permission for 240 homes after an appeal in April 2016. South Hams District Council had refused planning permission following the recommendation to do so by Dartmouth Town Council. SHDC gave the low level of affordable housing of 11%, as a reason for the refusal.

Phase 2 is for 210 houses, of which, 30% are affordable.

Millwood sold Phase 1 under option to Bloor Homes after obtaining outline planning. Bloor is seeking detailed planning consent which, if granted will mean that Bloor will exercise its option to buy Phase 1.

Everything hangs on Bloor getting detailed planning. Eventually, if Bloor does not get detailed planning on Phase I then it is possible that neither Phase 1 nor Phase 2 will happen and the West Dart Development will collapse.

Bloor had hoped to have detailed planning and to start some work this August but Robin Upton, Director of Planning of Millwood Homes, said: “August is out of the window. They (Bloor) have not put it in yet (detailed planning application) and it will be 6 to 9 months for South Hams District Council to consider this and 12 months before anything will happen.

“The development cannot proceed without obtaining a reserved matters consent (detailed planning) and that is why the option agreements are triggered by obtaining a detailed consent. We jolly well hope this happens but I can’t say that is what is going to happen.”

If you have any views on this development why not send them to the comments section of this site which is read my Millwood Homes representatives.

DB News believes this vital development has been held up too long by the planners and needs to progress asap. Without a positive consultation to move this development forward there will be no more affordable homes available for those that need them in Dartmouth. Nor for that matter un-affordable ones.

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