Opposition grows over plans for 197 new homes at Collaton St Mary
OPPOSITION to plans for 197 new homes to be built on a green field on the edge of Paignton is mounting.
More than 200 letters of objection to the Taylor Wimpy scheme in Collaton St Mary have already been sent to Torbay Council to fight what local residents see as a massive development on a field with great agricultural value.
The amount of objections has also forced the authority to extend the deadline before the Exeter-based developer's application can go before the planning committee.
Objectors believe the scheme would have a detrimental effect on the environment and tourism, while it would also generate extra traffic on an already congested road and would increase the risks of flooding.
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The site of the proposal is known as the 'car boot field' but objectors insisted it is much more than that.
Resident and opponent to the scheme, Brian Townsend-Marlow, said: "This field is not a car boot field.
"It is, in fact, listed as grade II agriculture and pasture land.
"In the last 18 months it has been used to provide hay and grazing sheep, and is also listed as an area of great landscape value and a countryside zone.
"Taylor Wimpy has not yet had planning permission. There have been, so far, upwards of 203 good objections to this application and it is mounting."
Taylor Wimpey 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.
The company said it had exchanged contracts with the landowner to purchase the site.
If approved the scheme would have 30 per cent 'affordable' homes and provision for a library, say developers.
The last date for the lodging of objections is December 5.
Mr Townsend-Marlow added: "We appeal to all including surrounding districts to make a stand and see if we can make a democratic difference to keep our valued and beautiful scenic corridor, preserving this along with our precious wildlife and food chain for future generations to come.
"We have to turn the tide in favour of the people and stop this headlong charge into our green fields to build just for money.
"Brown fields should be given priority to build new homes on. The only joy for many of the less fortunate in our society is the beautiful green valleys and wildlife which we are fortunate to have around us."