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DARTMOUTH’S long-awaited West Dart development

DARTMOUTH’S long-awaited West Dart development was being decided at grass-roots level this week. Dartmouth Town Council’s planning committee met on Wednesday to discuss the scheme, involving 240 homes on land next to Townstal Road. The need for land for affordable housing and employment are among the main considerations that town councillors want to see incorporated into the Millwood Homes scheme. After more than two years of consultation and exhibitions, an outline planning application has been submitted for the site, which will see homes built by Bloor Homes. The mixed-use development includes up to 2.7 hectares of employment land, a local centre, formal and informal open space and play areas, landscaping, cycle path and footpath links and associated infrastructure, all served off new primary and secondary access at Townstal Road. It was agreed unanimously that the application should be refused if the proposed level of affordable housing remained at just 14 per cent. District council affordable housing officer Liam Reading told the meeting the council had appointed its own viability consultants. ‘We haven’t completed that exercise yet, but the indication is the development can sustain a substantially higher level of affordable housing than that being proposed by Millwood,’ he said. ‘But they look unlikely to increase their offer.’ Cllr Francis Hawke said Dartmouth needed good social housing and urged the committee not to accept anything less than 50 per cent affordable housing. Mr Reading said realistically the district council could only achieve a viable percentage, ‘but we want to get the best for the site’. Planning officer Dave Kenyon said the district council was still finalising consultation responses and officer recommendations and the application would not be considered by the next committee on October 1.

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