December 4 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Application by Wainhomes will be decided on at plans committee meeting on Thursday.
PLANS for 132 new houses in Westward Ho! are to be decided on by Torridge District Council’s plans committee on Thursday.
The application by Wainhomes is for a site at Buckleigh Road, located just outside of the site allocated for development in the joint draft local plan.
The plans include 53 affordable houses and 126 square metres of retail space.
Northam Town council has recommended Torridge District Council object to the development.
It claimed the development was too dense, that there was limited access to the village and a lack of community facilities.
But officers have recommended the application, which has had dozens of letters both in support and objection, be approved.
Shirley Edwards, a resident of Cornborough Road, contacted the Gazette to urge residents to come to the planning meeting to oppose the proposals.
She said: “Why cram 132 units on this piece of land? This is an overdevelopment, does Westward Ho! need all these dwellings.
“There are 900 empty properties in Torridge; would it not make sense to use these properties for affordable use?
“This is a green field site outside the development boundary and does not fit with the character of the existing residential area
“Overall the benefits of this development will not outweigh the harm caused to the area. This has been a poorly thought out application and is now being rushed before the planning committee.”
The plans committee meeting will be held on Thursday at 9.30pm, at Bideford Town Hall.