Local plan is ‘development time bomb’

15:41 26 February 2013

The North Devon and Torridge Local Plan.

The North Devon and Torridge Local Plan.

Archant

Members of the Larkbeare Action Group believe the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan will be damaging for both districts.

A pressure group is claiming the new North Devon and Torridge Local Plan is bad news for the region.

The Larkbeare Action Group (LAG) says the extra 16,000 new homes proposed in the plan, intended as a blueprint for both districts for the next 20 years, is a ‘development time bomb’.

Members claim it will lead to traffic chaos, lack of employment and schools places, loss of Greenfield sites and inadequate healthcare.

The group of some 270-280 residents from around Barnstaple was set up to oppose plans for 820 on land at Larkbeare on the outskirts of town, between Petroc and Lake.

But chairman Don Pratt said they felt the plan did not serve the best interests of North Devon as whole: “It is creating a high concentration of development along the ‘Barnstaple to Bideford corridor’ to the deficit of the rest of North Devon.

“It is sucking in all the resources while the rest of the area is struggling for social infrastructure. This is missing opportunities to improve the quality of life for all the people of North Devon.”

In a statement, the group called the plan ‘a totally unrealistic wish list’ and urged individuals, parish councils and local groups to make their views known before the March 15 consultation deadline.

“It is a complex document and we are not convinced the people of North Devon are grasping the full implications of it,” added Mr Pratt.

“We are trying to get some awareness out there that this will be moving forward for adoption.”

The Local Plan can be viewed and comments submitted online via www.northdevon.gov.uk or www.torridge.gov.uk. Alternatively it can be viewed at local council offices and comments can be made by emailing localplan@northdevon.gov.uk or localplan@torridge.gov.uk, by post to: Planning Policy Team, Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG or Planning Policy Team, North Devon Council, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX39 1EA.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 12:10
Recycling collections are set to resume in Torridge next week.

Service ‘as normal’ from Monday, says district council.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:51
The Shannon is recovered after its first shout. Picture: RNLI Jane Perrin

Stricken yachtsmen picked up in double quick time as new Shannon class heads for her first rescue

Read more
Yesterday, 11:43

Police want to hear from a woman who helped a teenage girl after an alleged attack near Bear Street Cemetery

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
The proposed Lidl store in Bideford.

Proposals have gone in to Torridge District Council for Clovelly Road site, with consultation event tomorrow (Wednesday).

Read more
Mon, 14:53

Victim left with facial injuries following Bideford assault.

Read more
Mon, 12:51
Scenes from Barnstaple Elephant Day.

Crowds turned out to enjoy a busy Barnstaple Elephant Day on Saturday.

Read more
Mon, 10:37
The boat on fire at Instow on Saturday. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Witnesses sought after estuary-side blaze on Saturday night

Read more
Mon, 07:00
Barnstaple Race for Life 2015. Picture: Andy Keeble

All smiles in Barnstaple as cancer fundraiser starts with showers but ends in sunshine.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015
The coastguard cliff rescue team brings the casualty to safety. Picture: RNLI

Dramatic night time rescue for Clovelly RNLI, coastguard and the Chivenor helicopter

Read more
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Two people taken to hospital following ‘head-on’ collision’.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

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

Digital Edition

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



North Devon's trusted business finder