Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Developers appeal decision on 95 new homes in Chulmleigh

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2014

Developers are appealing North Devon Council's decision to refuse plans for up to 95 new homes in Chulmleigh.

Developers are appealing North Devon Council's decision to refuse plans for up to 95 new homes in Chulmleigh.

Archant

Planning inspectorate hearing set to start on Tuesday.

Developers are appealing North Devon Council's decision to refuse plans for up to 95 new homes in Chulmleigh. Developers are appealing North Devon Council's decision to refuse plans for up to 95 new homes in Chulmleigh.

A THREE-day appeal against a decision to refuse plans for up to 95 new homes in Chulmleigh was due to start on Tuesday.

Proposals for the development off Leigh Road were rejected by North Devon Council planners in November last year.

The council said the location, scale and number of homes would have an ‘unsympathetic’ impact on the character of the area.

But Devonshire Homes has launched an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate, which will be heard at Chulmleigh Community College.

Steve Russell, managing director of Devonshire Homes, said: “There is a severe need for good quality housing in North Devon.

“We believe our plans for new homes on developable land adjacent to Leigh Road will meet the demand for a broad mix of accommodation, including affordable homes.”

But Chulmleigh-based district councillor Sue Croft said local residents were unanimous in their objection to the scheme and she felt that development in the town should be phased during the next 15 years.

She said: “The increase in housing in Chulmleigh should be phased over the lifetime of the North Devon Local Plan and not implemented in year one or soon thereafter.

“The new housing over the life of the plan should not be in the hands of one single developer.

“The community infrastructure can’t sustain the consequences of a 15 per cent increase in the housing stock and another say 250 people over a short period rather than through a measured integration because.”

Cllr Croft said the road network was already inadequate and parking in the centre was limited at the best of times.

“The roads are clogged at school times and delivery lorries often bring Chulmleigh to a stand-still,” she said.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

17:51

North Devon Council has advised residents to be prepared as more heavy rain is forecast tomorrow (Wednesday) morning

Read more

Controversial plans to transform Knapp House caravan site into a woodland holiday park are set to be decided on next month.

Read more
12:47

Clucky hen finds a new home with rescue charity after being discovered shivering on a North Devon road

Read more
11:36

Jacqui Footman is looking forward to being part of South Molton Town Council

Read more
11:00

Action is needed to prevent an ageing population and not enough workers crippling North Devon’s economy in the future, says North Devon Council

Read more

Apprentices at the Bideford-based social enterprise will learn new skills to get back into work.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:07

North Devon had some hope after claims no decision had been made, but the latest comments suggest the closure of RMB Chivenor will still happen

Read more
Yesterday, 15:44

Channel 4 star hoping to save households hundreds of pounds at village hall event

Read more
Yesterday, 12:08

Communities in North Devon are rallying round today (Monday) to start the clean-up after being hit by flash flooding yesterday.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

Four hungry contestants took on the brand new ‘Macho Nacho’ eating challenge at the Custom House in Barnstaple - watch how the got on here.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications