Woodbury: if you don’t want Greendale in your backyard – act NOW

Residents of Woodbury – if you don’t want Greendale Business Park in your back gardens – act NOW!

Here is the necessary information for action:

Woodbury Salterton Residents Association
This reference needs to be attached to all correspondence
Representations must be received by 2 May

“At the same time as residents have been asked to comment on an “Employment Zone Boundary” at Greendale Business Park, an “Enforcement Appeal” has been submitted by the owners of Greendale regarding a requirement to remove approximately 3.5Ha of industrial development which have been built without planning permission over the last 2 years.

The Woodbury Salterton Residents Association support East Devon District Council serving a breach of Planning Control. Therefore the Association are asking all Residents to respond to the Planning Inspector by 2nd May.

The details of the appeal are:

Planning Consultation Appeal
Appeal by FWS Carter and Sons

Greendale Business Park Woodbury Salterton EX5 1EW

The appeal arises from the serving of an Enforcement Notice in respect of the unauthorised development which has taken place on the land on the Eastern Boundary at Greendale Business Park.

The breach of planning control

Without planning permission, the construction of four compounds, by the levelling of the land, the laying of hard surfaces using concrete and scalping, enclosing with security fencing, gates, cctv cameras and lighting. The construction of two buildings and the associated use of the land to store a portacabin type temporary building, cubicle, shipping containers, mobile park homes, caravans and other associated items.

The Council considered it expedient to issue the Notice having regard to the provisions of the Development Plan and to other material planning considerations.

Reasons for issuing the Notice

It appears to the Council that the above breach of planning control has occurred within the last four years.

The development, by virtue of its scale and extension beyond the built form of Greendale Business Park and outside of any recognised development boundary, is within the open countryside where new development is strictly controlled. The development represents a sprawling development in the countryside in conflict with the special approach to accommodate industrial development within defined settlements as identified within the Local Plan.

The development also has the potential to impact on the amenity of occupiers of nearby dwellings by virtue of noise and potentially light pollution and potential unacceptable visual impact on the landscape.

The proposal is therefore contrary to the provisions of Strategy 7 (Development in the Countryside), Policy E4 (Rural Diversification), Policy E5 (Small Scale Economic Development in Rural Areas), Policy E7 (Extensions to Existing Employment Sites), Policy D1(Design and Local Distinctiveness), Policy EN14 (Control of Pollution), Policy D2 (Landscape Requirements) and Policy D3 (Trees on Development Sites) of the adopted East Devon Local Plan and guidance within the National Planning Policy Framework.

The requirements of the Notice are to –

1. Permanently remove from the land the concrete hardstanding, foundations and associated drainage works from the compounds 39, 48A and 47

2. Permanently cease the use of the land as compounds and for use of storage of mobile park homes, caravans, shipping containers, portacabin type buildings and storage of associated items.

3. Permanently remove from the land all fencing from the perimeters of and within compounds 39, 48A, 47 and 11.

4. Permanently remove from the land all gates from the perimeters of and within compounds 39, 48A, 47 and 11.

5. Permanently remove from the land all CCTV cameras and supporting ancillary equipment from within compounds 39, 48A, 47 and 11.

6. Permanently remove from the land all light fittings and cabling from compounds 39, 48A, 47 and 11.

7. Permanently remove from the land the two permanent buildings sited within compound 39.

8. Permanently remove from the temporary buildings including the shipping containers.

9. Permanently remove from the land the cubicle.

10. Permanently remove from the land the mobile Park Homes, caravans and associated items.

11 Replace the topsoil in compounds 39, 48A and 47 to a depth of 20cm and reseed with an agricultural grass mix which shall be retained and maintained in perpetuity.

12 Permanently remove to an authorised place of disposal, all materials associated with compliance with steps 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10.

The time for compliance is within six months of the Notice taking effect.

The appellant grounds of appeal.

(a) That planning permission should be granted for what is alleged in the notice, and;

(f) The steps required to comply with the requirements of the notice are excessive and lesser steps would overcome the objection.


There are 2 Consultations ongoing at present at Greendale Business Park.

1. Consultation on a definitive Employment Boundary.

2. Planning Appeal consultation regarding a removal of an enforcement

If you wish to make comments in respect of the appeal, you can do so on
the Planning Portal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk or by

emailing teame1@pins.gsi.gov.uk .

Or send three copies to

The Planning Inspectorate Room 3E. Temple Quay
House 2. The Square. Bristol BS1 6PN”


Councils as developers

Extracts from two letters in the Business supplement of The Sunday Times:

“… councillors think they know the property market but they don’t have a clue. They now plan to build a new Town Hall (in Tunbridge Wells]. This is an enormous ‘folie de grandeur’ that will leave taxpayers on the hook.

Tunbridge Wells has a town hall, but it has been allowed to fall into disrepair. Was this part of the plan?”


“… in Dover, the town clerk and the mayor have set up a charitable company, LoveDover Regeneration, using £350,000 of taxpayers’ money for property development.

Although it is a charitable company, under normal rules this means the directors own the company, hence the company owns any property it buys, not the council. Further, the £350,000 is equal to almost 50% of Dover Town Council’s annual income.

The money has been justified as it comes from the reserves, but surely the idea of passing large sums of money to a body over which Dover Town Council has no control, for property development or any other use, is not acceptable.”

Knowle: magic bean or white elephant?

The big question is ‘what is the chance of Pegasus winning an appeal?’

Probably not that great:

The application is for more than a hundred units when the Local Plan allocation is for fifty.

The application does not include any affordable.

The application is opposed by Sidmouth Town Council and a large and vociferous group of local residents.

Most importantly, the Planning Consultants at the time of the provisional sale to Pegasus foresaw that the application would be refused. So did the Planning Team, who miraculously changed their minds when the application came forward. Both EDDC and Pegasus were warned in advance that the Development Management Committee could not approve the application. Remember: this information came into the public domain as a result of the successful Freedom of Information request.

If the application goes to inquiry, as seems likely, then we, and EDDC, will have to wait for 24 months with little confidence that the appeal will be successful.

Then comes the situation of ‘what happens next?’ Well, we know the answer because Grant Thornton have helpfully predicted four scenarios, all of which will lead to receipts well below the price currently agreed with Pegasus.

The whole process would have to begin again, against a backdrop of a planning appeal refusal. New tender, new negotiation, new design, new application, and perhaps even another refusal.

Eventually an application will succeed, and a sale result, but we could easily be four years down the road, and at a substantially reduced price in possibly a very different property market.