Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Councillors vote in principle to approve works at Glenwood Farm
Plans for 92 homes to be built in Roundswell have been given the green light in principle by North Devon Council’s planning committee.
Concerns were raised by Cllr Frank Biederman about whether the roads surrounding the site at Glenwood Farm, between the A39 link road and Old Bideford Road, would be sufficient, but the motion carried by eight votes to three.
The plans are subject to work on the Roundswell roundabout being completed, and will in time include a new access from a roundabout on the A39.
Cllr Biederman was keen for the plans to be subject to this being completed first, but his stance was not accepted and he was forced to call for refusal on the basis of the highways being insufficient – despite the Highways Agency suggesting in the planning report that this was not an issue.
And local Ward member Cllr Rodney Cann described this development – along with a recently approved plan for nearly 400 houses nearby at Tews Lane – as a ‘recipe for disaster.’
“The Highways Agency see no problems subject to the improvements to Roundswell roundabout, but we have no actual date as to when that is going to happen,” he said.
“It would be total gridlock; you’re talking about nearly 500 new homes in that area.”
The site is currently designated as employment land in the council’s local plan, but nearly 1,400 square metres of the site will still be allocated for that, alongside the 92 new houses, which would need to include a minimum of 20% of affordable properties.