Developer will appeal Edenbridge dairy housing decision
THE man behind a bid to build houses on the site of a former dairy in Edenbridge has said he will appeal after planners refused his proposal.
Les Humphrey, who is based in East Grinstead, had applied to build seven houses on the former Unigate and Devonia site in Main Road.
Sevenoaks District Council refused the application, saying it was not a "high-quality design" and would "not be in harmony with the adjoining buildings".
Mr Humphrey insisted: "I am not angry, because planning is a very subjective business.
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"But we're going to appeal in the next couple of weeks.
"The case officer deemed he wanted the houses facing the main road and the application shows them facing Hillcrest Road.
"So we'll go to the planning inspector and see who is right."
Mr Humphrey lodged his latest plan for the three-bedroom homes along with 14 parking spaces after accusing the council of being unreasonable for refusing his initial plan for 11 flats.
His appeal over this decision was thrown out.
In February it was revealed one of the neighbouring homes, which is owned by town councillor Vince Maynard, would be sandwiched between two "substantial brick walls" if the plans were approved.
Edenbridge Town Council backed the plans, as long as traffic concerns and the overshadowing of neighbouring houses were addressed. But in April, Mr Humphrey, of Les Humphrey Associates, submitted amended plans anyway.