The application by Heritage Homes to build a four-storey office block close to the M5 on Exeter Road (16/0963/03) was considered by the Exeter City Council Planning Committee on 3 October. Despite strong objections by the Society, and some 100 objections by local residents, the Planning Department saw fit to recommend the plans for approval. The Society found this recommendation astonishing.

An excellent detailed presentation by Cllr Margaret Baldwin, a strong supporting speech by Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, and David Burley’s statement on behalf of the Society made the objectors’ case clear. After a lively discussion and some penetrating questioning of Heritage’s representative, the proposal was deferred for presentation to the Design Review Panel of independent Architects and Specialist to view and report on the appropriateness of the proposed building.

Given the one-sided position of the Planning Department, the Society will seek the Design Review Panel’s agreement to hearing a brief account of the Society’s objections. We consider that important to ensure that the Panel’s decision can be seen to be fair and balanced.

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