Thursday, October 10, 2013
NDC planning committee give conditional go-ahead for eight hectares of employment land and 150 homes
Outline plans for a large-scale development at Chivenor Cross have been approved.
North Devon council’s planning committee agreed to approve the proposed plans for more than eight hectares of employment land and 150 new homes on the basis that planning applicant Mr Plant increased the proportion of affordable housing to be built to 25 per cent.
The decision was deferred by members in July to gain further evidence into the need for the employment and housing space, to consider the community’s response and to seek a robust highways plan for Braunton.
A petition against the application signed by 375 residents was given to the council.
Five people spoke against the plans, including Devon County Council ward member Cllr Andrea Davis, who accused the council of ‘cloak and dagger’ tactics with its evidence on the need for employment land.
Concerns were also raised by the Chivenor Action Group’s Robert Gotts, who pointed to what he called ‘major’ traffic and air pollution problems in Braunton already.
But planning manager Mike Kelly warned that this was the only site in the Braunton area which could accommodate the development.
“If this is rejected, Braunton and Wrafton will miss out on these proposals,” he warned.
Members voted conditionally to approve the plans by eight votes to four.
Committee chariman Cllr Eric Ley said: “Having listened to the debate it proved to be one of the most contentious decisions I have known in nearly 15 years serving on the planning committee.”