RESIDENTS mounting a High Court challenge to 65 new homes adjacent to the Exe estuary now face plans for 91 homes on the same site.
Caroline Aird, chairman of Exminster parish council, said residents feel they are being besieged by developers. But developers Bovis say the new homes "will provide a boost for both local residents and wildlife". The court challenge relates to homes proposed by developers Bellway.
Councillor Aird said: "On the Monday the parish council recommended refusal for the 65 Bovis homes and then on Thursday we were presented with another application by Bovis for 91 homes for the same site at Sentry Farm. We are getting besieged at the moment and we don't think we need all these new homes in Exminster."
Regional land director for Bovis, Mike Buxton, said: "The plans we have put forward include proposals to protect and enhance the ecology of the area, improve local facilities and roads, as well as providing much-needed housing for local people. We have worked with the landowners and ecologists to ensure the new homes will have as little impact as possible on the area, while meeting the increasing local need for new homes."