Planning application and next steps

Current Update

We have been informed by the Planning Inspectorate that the second appeal against the council’s refusal of permission for a major development at Wolborough Barton, Newton Abbot, has been withdrawn by the appellant.

News of the appellant’s decision not to proceed with the second appeal came this week as Officers were preparing to take part in a Case Management Conference with the Planning Inspectorate in preparation for a six-day hearing scheduled for 28 January 2020.

The status of Messrs and Ms Rew’s proposal for mixed use development, including around 1,210 homes, at Wolborough Barton will now be revealed in the first quarter of 2020.

Planning Inspector Frances Mahoney will send her recommendation to the Secretary of State, for them to make a decision on the appellant’s original appeal. That first appeal was heard in two separate sessions in March and June of this year.

Documents associated with the appeal can be viewed under the appeal reference 19/00059/REF 

Western Ownership

2017 planning application

The original planning application was submitted under reference 17/01542/MAJ and was not determined by us within the statutory time frame. The applicant appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

The planning inquiry associated with the appeal ran for 3 days from 26 March 2019 and a 2 further days from 11 June 2019.

The Inspector was Frances Mahoney. Members of the public were permitted to attend the inquiry and, at the Inspector's discretion, express their views.

The appeal documents including a Statement of Common Ground and all the parties' appeal statements and proofs of evidence can be viewed here.

The Inspector's Report for this appeal is expected to be passed to the Secretary of State by 24 January 2020 with the decision then expected to be issued in the first half of 2020.

2018 planning applications

A duplicate planning application was refused by Teignbridge’s Planning Committee on 12 February 2019

You can find out more about the 2018 planning applications by following the links below; comments on applications are accepted up until the point of determination.  

  • 18/01276/MAJ duplicate application for outline mixed use including circa 1210 dwellings. This application was refused by Planning Committee on Tuesday 12 February 2019.
  • 18/01314/FUL application for change of use of barns to hotel, restaurant and bar
  • 18/01527/FUL application for section of the link road

The applicant appealed the 18/01276/MAJ decision. That appeal was subsequently withdrawn on 26 November 2019. 

Eastern ownership

A planning application for the east of the allocation was submitted in February 2019 under reference 19/00238/MAJ and will be determined in due course following public consultation.

Wolborough Masterplan

In addition to the planning applications further work is needed to prepare a Wolborough Masterplan.

Landowners have sought ‘outline’ planning permission associated with the principle of development. If that consent is granted they will then need to submit a further ‘reserved matters’ application associated with matters like layout and design. The Wolborough Development Plan Document (DPD) would be relevant at both stages of the process but can only be taken into account once it has reached an advance stage of preparation.

When preparation of the DPD was approved the committee report explained that planning application decisions cannot be held up by the DPD process. National guidance expects planning authorities to consider and determine development proposals as soon as possible.



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Last updated 28 November 2019