Axminster homes plan faces High Court challenge

A campaign group is taking a Devon council to the High Court over plans to build 400 homes and business units in parkland in Axminster.

Save our Parkland, said Cloakham Lawns was the wrong location for the project, which was granted planning permission by East Devon District Council.

Axminster Carpets, which is behind the development, said the application had been fully supported at every stage.

The council said it refused to comment on imminent legal proceedings.

'Very strong case'

Paul Arnot, from the campaign group, said: "The town's people don't want to see this parkland developed at all, there are other options in Axminster."

He added the members had contributed £10,000 for the cost of taking the authority to court.

He said: "We are advised by the lawyers that we have a very strong case.

"We're all in favour of developing Axminster and affordable housing, but the question is where this should be provided."

However, resident Eunice Beer said: "I think a lot of people who are against it are those who want to see the countryside and use it to go for walks.

"They haven't looked at the overall picture and the need for new homes."

Axminster Carpets said: "This planning application has been fully supported at every stage by relevant consultation which includes community, highways, environment, district and county.

"Any income made from a future sale or lease of the land will be reinvested into the long established Devon-based Axminster Carpets manufacturing business."

The judicial review started on Tuesday.

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