An application for six new homes near Ashford are set to go back before a council planning committee on Wednesday after councillors were accused of ‘wrongly’ approving them almost a year ago.
The homes were approved by North Devon Council’s planning committee back in August 2017, along with the demolition of an existing maintenance and repair workshop at Fair Oak Farm in Braunton Road.
Councillors voted in favour of the homes, considering them to have an economic benefit to the business, while at the same time providing affordable housing.
But a letter from environmental lawyer Richard Buxton, on behalf of a local resident, said the committee had ‘approached the matter wrongly’, and asked the council to reconsider.
He said: “The committee quite obviously approached the matter wrongly, particular by taking into account the economic benefit to the business as a whole as a material consideration in granting planning permission.
“This is clearly not a planning consideration and should have formed no part of the committee’s consideration of the matter.”
The application will now go before the council’s planning committee again when it meets at Barnstaple Rugby Club on Wednesday at 10am – a refusal is recommended by planning officers.
What else will North Devon Council’s planning committee be discussing?
An application for 10 homes in Instow, an egg production unit near Chittlehampton, and floodlights at an Ilfracombe skate park are also up for discussion at Wednesday’s meeting.
Councillors will decide on detailed plans for the homes north of Marine Parade on land known as The Pony Field.
The development proposes four detached homes and a six two-to-three-bedroom semi-detached properties.
An outline application for the homes was approved in July 2016, despite concerns regarding flooding and sewage. The detailed plans are recommended for approval.
If the free-range egg production unit is approved it will house 6,000 hens initially, increasing to 12,000 within 18 months, and will provide eggs for Stonegate Pubs.
The floodlights at Ilfracombe’s Benricks Skate Park are also recommended for approval.