Plans for more than 1,000 homes in new 'mini-town' get green light

Aerial photo of development land

Aerial view of Wolborough Barton development - Credit: Submitted

Plans for a new 'mini-town'  in South Devon can go ahead after a landmark legal ruling.

The massive development, including 1,210 homes on the green hills outside Newton Abbot, can now proceed after the last legal challenge to block the plans failed.
The Court of Appeal has has rejected all the arguments put forward by Abbotskerswell parish council over whether a High Court ruling that the planning permission for the Wolborough scheme was sound.
The parish council had claimed the judge’s verdict contained errors in law, but in the order made by the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Stuart-Smith, it was ruled that none of the grounds for appeal on which Abbotskerswell parish council had challenged the initial verdict on were valid.

The rejection means the challenge to the granting of planning permission which the Secretary of State had given can go no further, meaning the outline permission for the scheme, as well as full permission for the Wolborough Barton farmstead element now has the green light.

PCL Planning’s scheme, submitted on behalf of the Rew family, for the land at Wolborough Barton, includes an outline scheme the new homes, primary school, employment land, community facilities, including a day nursery and a health centre, local shopping centre, play area, allotments and a multi-use games area, as well as a link road connecting the A380 and the A381.
Reserved matters for the detail will need to be submitted and approved before work can begin, but full planning permission to convert the Wolborough Barton farmstead into a boutique hotel, restaurant and bar, has now been granted.
The decision has left the Newton Says No campaigners against the scheme upset, saying that the community and environment have been let down badly, and it remains a disgrace that the beautiful land at Wolborough was ever included in the Local Plan in 2014.
But Teignbridge District Council in a statement have said that they welcome the clarity that comes from the Court of Appeal’s rejection and that it finally brings to an end a process that started in 2014.

The statement added: “The development will provide homes to meet the needs of our whole community – including affordable homes and care facilities – as well as creating jobs throughout construction and through employment land delivery."