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07/2419/COU | Change of use & sub division to form 2 units. Unit 1 to B1/B8 ( Offices/light industry/warehousing ) and unit 2 to provide a countryside store with ancillary storage & parking areas | Honiton Trade Park (Former Royair Factory) Reme Drive Heathpark Industrial Estate Honiton Devon EX14 1SP
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Environmental Health

Consultation Date: Fri 31 Aug 2007

Policy

Comment Date: Tue 12 Mar 2013

In summary I would recommend refusal of planning permission on the basis of the proposal being contrary to Local Plan Policy (notably in respect to employment land supply issues). Development of employment land for a retail use would adversely affect land supply and as such would be liable to undermine/be contrary to Local Plan objectives of seeking to secure/safeguard opportunities for B Use Class employment opportunities at Heathpark in Honiton.

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Devon County Highway Authority

Comment Date: Mon 15 Oct 2007

THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY AND CULTURE, ON BEHALF OF DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL, AS LOCAL HIGHWAY AUTHORITY, RECOMMENDS THAT THE FOLLOWING CONDITION SHALL BE INCORPORATED IN ANY GRANT OF PERMISSION:-

1. The development shall not commence until a Travel Plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in consultation with the Highway Authority, such Travel Plan to include measures and initiatives to encourage sustainable travel to and from the site by staff and customers, together with a timetable for the implementation of the Travel Plan elements.

REASON: To encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport.





Officer authorised to Date: 15 October 2007
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Comment Date: Mon 15 Oct 2007

THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY AND CULTURE, ON BEHALF OF DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL, AS LOCAL HIGHWAY AUTHORITY, RECOMMENDS THAT THE FOLLOWING CONDITION SHALL BE INCORPORATED IN ANY GRANT OF PERMISSION:-

1. The development shall not commence until a Travel Plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in consultation with the Highway Authority, such Travel Plan to include measures and initiatives to encourage sustainable travel to and from the site by staff and customers, together with a timetable for the implementation of the Travel Plan elements.

REASON: To encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport.





Officer authorised to Date: 15 October 2007
sign on behalf of the County Council

East Devon District Council - Estates

Comment Date: Fri 21 Sep 2007

No objection

However the Council has maintained a planning policy over many years of restricting the use of developments at Heathpark to that of a B1, B2 or B8 use only, and therefore there may be a sound planning argument for not approving the application.

Comment Date: Fri 21 Sep 2007

No objection

However the Council has maintained a planning policy over many years of restricting the use of developments at Heathpark to that of a B1, B2 or B8 use only, and therefore there may be a sound planning argument for not approving the application.

Parish/Town Council

Comment Date: Thu 06 Sep 2007

From the information available we recommend approval which is recommended on the basis of :

There are existing retail outlets on the estate.
COU is allowed in the High Street
The facility will provide a service to the farming community.

Comment Date: Thu 06 Sep 2007

From the information available we recommend approval which is recommended on the basis of :

There are existing retail outlets on the estate.
COU is allowed in the High Street
The facility will provide a service to the farming community.

Economic Development Officer

Comment Date: Tue 04 Sep 2007

I attended a very useful pre-application meeting on this proposal which took place on Wednesday 22nd August,
The Heathpark employment area was acquired by the Council from the Ministry of Defence in the 1980s. It was purchased to demonstrate the Council's commitment to facilitating the extension of employment opportunity throughout East Devon. The land was prepared for development such that the freehold interest in individual plots could be sold to businesses seeking to acquire and occupy workspace. The Royair factory site was one of the first of these sales to be completed. Like most of the serviced plots within the estate, it was sold with the benefit of planning consent for B Class Use.
During the course of their presentation on 22nd August, the applicants referred to and circulated a plan of Heathpark that identified a significant amount of vacant land and buildings. With the possible exception of an undeveloped plot on the north side of Devonshire Road, at its' junction with Hayne Lane, I am confident that none of this land is currently available to new investors. It is either held by owners seeking to protect their ability to initiate further local investment or is the subject of on-going negotiations linked to purchase option agreements.
In the case of a significant proportion of the vacant buildings identified, issues of tenure are, in my view, inhibiting the take up of serviceable 'B Class' property. Many local businesses are convinced that a freehold acquisition is preferable to a commitment to rental payments over the term of a lease. There is nothing wrong with businesses who invest in property to offer it leasehold to end users. However, in an area like ours where the take up of commercial property is dominated by the small business sector, business owners often find it beneficial to fund their own capital investment and seek to acquire a freehold interest in the land and buildings they wish to occupy. (see notes section)

Comment Date: Tue 04 Sep 2007

I attended a very useful pre-application meeting on this proposal which took place on Wednesday 22nd August,
The Heathpark employment area was acquired by the Council from the Ministry of Defence in the 1980s. It was purchased to demonstrate the Council's commitment to facilitating the extension of employment opportunity throughout East Devon. The land was prepared for development such that the freehold interest in individual plots could be sold to businesses seeking to acquire and occupy workspace. The Royair factory site was one of the first of these sales to be completed. Like most of the serviced plots within the estate, it was sold with the benefit of planning consent for B Class Use.
During the course of their presentation on 22nd August, the applicants referred to and circulated a plan of Heathpark that identified a significant amount of vacant land and buildings. With the possible exception of an undeveloped plot on the north side of Devonshire Road, at its' junction with Hayne Lane, I am confident that none of this land is currently available to new investors. It is either held by owners seeking to protect their ability to initiate further local investment or is the subject of on-going negotiations linked to purchase option agreements.
In the case of a significant proportion of the vacant buildings identified, issues of tenure are, in my view, inhibiting the take up of serviceable 'B Class' property. Many local businesses are convinced that a freehold acquisition is preferable to a commitment to rental payments over the term of a lease. There is nothing wrong with businesses who invest in property to offer it leasehold to end users. However, in an area like ours where the take up of commercial property is dominated by the small business sector, business owners often find it beneficial to fund their own capital investment and seek to acquire a freehold interest in the land and buildings they wish to occupy. (see notes section)

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