Plans in for 197 homes on Collaton 'car boot field'
DEVELOPER Taylor Wimpey has filed a planning application for almost 200 homes on green fields on the edge of Paignton.
The company is hoping to build 197 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes as part of a £20million investment on land off the A385 Totnes Road at Collaton St Mary.
Taylor Wimpey has exchanged contract with the landowner to purchase the 'car boot' field.
The scheme would have 30 per cent affordable homes, provision for a library to be built and educational improvement locally as well as green space provisions, say developers.
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The proposal has received some opposition from local residents who fear the 'overdevelopment' will generate traffic chaos, increase the risk of flooding and lead to the loss of good farmland which ought to be preserved for future food production.
More than 12 letters of objection have so far been received by Torbay Council's planning department.
One resident said: "This development would be out of character with the rest of Collaton St Mary. Secondly, the field for the planned homes is a sponge for the Collaton St Mary area and to build 197 homes would cause flooding in an area already known for this and would cause the school to flood.
"Totnes Road is already congested and to add 400 cars and 800 movements a day would cause total chaos."
Collaton St Mary Residents' Association also opposes the proposal saying it will overburden the Tweenaway Junction and cause major traffic issues during and after the construction period.
Local resident Lesley Harrison added: "It is important to keep good quality farmland for future food supply.
"This scheme will spoil an area of great landscape value and will have a major impact on local green tourism.
"It will create traffic congestion, pollution and raise safety issues on the A385 and impact the Totnes Road, Tweenaway Junction and Stoke Gabriel."
Fellow resident Terri Rasmussen added: "Building on greenbelt land before using brown field sites is against planning policy.
"It would spoil one of the last unspoilt valleys in Torbay and impact wildlife dramatically while noise and light pollution will extend into the countryside."
Ken Rowe, vice chairman of the Paignton Heritage Society, said the group strongly objected to the application to develop what is known as the 'car boot field'.
In a letter to Torbay Council's planning department, he said: "The development is contrary to the local plan not to build on greenfield sites.
"It is the loss of agricultural land.
"Meanwhile, the present structure of the A385 Totnes Road is running at capacity with traffic jams occurring on a regular basis caused by the Tweenaway junction reaching as far back as the plan area concerned."
Taylor Wimpey is also looking at another development for land secured in Paignton.
Alfriston Park will consist of a total of 98 homes with a selection of two-bedroom apartments and coach houses and a number of three- and four-bedroom homes.
Janine Copleston, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, said: "These developments will add to our portfolio across the region and give more choice to house hunters in the area.
"At Taylor Wimpey we're dedicated to creating developments which sit perfectly in their environment and have a real sense of place, as well as making sure we put craftsmanship and quality into every home we build.
"The proposals we have made for these new developments tick all the boxes and we're confident the plans for Collaton St Mary will come to fruition. "
To see the Collaton St Mary plans, log on to Torbay Council's website and search application P/2012/1037.