Very recently a planning application to build four houses in the garden of 23 Badlake Hill was rejected because it would be overdevelopment of the site and would create loss of privacy to house nos 1-6 Church View, Weech Road. See https://dawlish.com/thread/details/47734
Another planning application has now been submitted, again for four houses, which claims to address and resolve the issues quoted above. See below for details.
It still does nothing to address the highways problem which has been well-known and acknowledged by our council for about 50 years. There are people who are afraid to let their children walk to school on their own down Badlake Hill because of the situation with heavy goods lorries passing within inches on a road with no pavements in places and narrow access at the bottom of the hill. Sometimes you are squeezed into the wall by the Swan. The other evening I walked down and was nearly clipped by the wing mirror of a van. There have been a few minor injuries, accidents narrowly averted, and I am sure that before long there will be something more serious that will take place. There is a need for a proper overall plan as the existing roads are not fit for more traffic and therefore not fit for any more development.
Thing is, thing is, that Devon County Council Highways department don't see that the extra traffic generated by another 4 houses in the vicinity would cause any extra problems. Highway and traffic issues were not a reason why planning permission was refused for the previous application.
If DCC Highways department don't think there will be any problem then what locals think is, and let's be honest about this, irrelevant.
Oh, so the fact that cars and lorries regularly drive on the pavement past peoples' front doors to pass each other on the hill is not a concern to them then. One day we will get someone to monitor the air quality on the hill, especially when we have been subjected to lorries reversing up to access the building site.
For what it is worth it seems that the town councillors who sit on Dawlish Town Council's planning committee agree with you. When the first application was submitted earlier this year, to build four houses on this site, DTC's planning committee recommended refusal. Amongst the reasons they put forward were these:
"Road safety concerns due to additional pressure on the existing constrained road layout. There would be poor visibility and safety concerns for pedestrians due to limited pavement if traffic were to increase. There is already an issue with pollution due to building works in the area so further development would compound it".
This planning application is on the agenda for this coming Thursday's (6th Jan 2022) Dawlish Town Council Planning Committee meeting.
and this is what DTC's planning committee had to say:
Resolved unanimously by Members present and voting that this Council recommends Refusal of this application for the following reasons:
· It is overdevelopment of the site - the layout is still poor; four houses are still too many and they are positioned too close to existing properties
· Road safety concerns due to vehicle and pedestrian constraints, increasing additional pressure on the existing constrained road layout. There would continue to be poor visibility and safety concerns for pedestrians due to limited pavement if traffic were to increase. Pedestrian safety on the proposed road junction with Badlake Hill would compromise safety
· There is already an issue with pollution due to building works in the area so further development would compound it
· Absence of a biodiversity report with provisions
· Lack of a specified drainage engineering plan and construction management plan
· The negative impact on residents and nearby listed buildings
It was further unanimously Resolved to request that the item goes to Teignbridge Planning Committee should the officer be minded to approve.