Hundreds attend consultation for new Bideford homes
20:08 06 December 2013
Around 200 people attended the event at Atlantic Village today with another planned for tomorrow for 750 homes at Winsford Park.
AROUND 200 people attended an exhibition today (Fri) outlining proposals for 750 new homes in Bideford.
The consultation event at Atlantic Village by Bloor Homes outlined plans for the 49.6 hectare site, which is currently made up of 10 fields.
The Winsford Park development on display included up to 750 homes – 25 per cent of which would be affordable – a new primary school and a commercial development.
Bloor Homes estimated the plans would create 80 jobs through the construction period and 500 longer term jobs, including the adjacent Atlantic Park development.
Nick Allen, who lives in East-the-Water, said he was concerned about the houses being ‘packed in’ without enough parking.
“I’m a bit concerned about how the site will be planned out; a lot of these newer builds tend to all be crammed in which causes issues with parking,” he said.
“The plans look spacious and it looks like it’s been thought out well so I hope this won’t be an issue.”
Chris Hassall, a member of the Torridge Campaign to Protect Rural England, was also at the consultation event and said he was concerned at the loss of countryside.
“We don’t consider it should be necessary to provide for such a large expansion of the population,” he said.
“I am very concerned over the loss of green space with this development and the Linden Homes proposals for over the road.”
This was a view shared by Mary and Hugh Lawrence from Abbotsham, who said they were ‘disgusted’ with the plans.
“We need a new primary school but I don’t think they will provide it,” said Mrs Lawrence.
“And we are concerned about the hospital – we need a new doctor’s surgery and I can see no provisions for this at all in these plans.”
The plans will also be on display tomorrow in Unit 34 in Atlantic Village from 10am until 4pm, and at www.windsfordpark.co.uk from Monday.