Plans for 100 houses in Barnstaple shared with residents

Residents hear from a Taylor Wimpey representative, with (back) councillors Lesley Brown and Julie Hunt Residents hear from a Taylor Wimpey representative, with (back) councillors Lesley Brown and Julie Hunt

Friday, August 1, 2014
2:24 PM

Dozens attend consultation meeting on outline plans for site south of Goodleigh Road

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The outline plans for the site, south of Goodleigh RoadThe outline plans for the site, south of Goodleigh Road

DOZENS of residents flocked to a consultation meeting on outline plans for 100 homes to the south of Goodleigh Road in Barnstaple last night (Thursday).

Locals were generally opposed to the scheme, which would follow another development nearby on the North side of the road.

Ward member Councillor Lesley Brown and deputy mayor Cllr Julie Hunt also attended the meeting, at St John’s Community Centre in Rose Lane, to here more about the plans and talk to residents.

Mrs Hunt said: “There are no facilities in the area and nothing outlined for where people in 100 homes might go for doctors or schools.”

Local resident Jill Jarrett raised concerns over drainage, while Mel Simpson was worried about the impact the development could have on traffic on Goodleigh Road.

Chris Brownscombe, who lives on the road and attended the meeting with his wife, Alison, said: “We don’t agree with it at all.

“I think the developers have been allowed to put in for planning because the council don’t have a five year plan and they’re leaving it open for houses we don’t necessarily need.”

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “Our public consultation event was a real success and we had some useful and positive discussions with local residents, councillors and other key stakeholders about our emerging development scheme.

“All comments will be taken on board to help us refine our proposals before we finalise an outline planning application, which we are aiming to submit later in the year.”

The consultation is open until August 14. People can log on to www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/goodleigh-road to have their say on the plans.

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