Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Planning committee approve plan despite concerns over impact of traffic from multiple developments
OUTLINE plans for more than 100 new houses in Pilton have been given conditional approval by North Devon Council’s planning committee.
Members listened as 10 people spoke against the plans on Wednesday, which will see up to 110 homes built on land off Northfield Lane.
The plans brought before the committee were slightly revised after a deferral on a 115 home plan in May.
Councillors remain concerned about the cumulative impact which a number of developments in the nearby area could have on traffic around Pilton and filtering into Barnstaple.
In recent months, the council has approved 80 homes on a green field site next to North Devon District Hospital at Trayne Farm and a further 43 on the neighbouring Westaway Plain site.
In addition, planning consent for 101 houses on the hospital site, along with a staff campus of 112 apartments and 18 homes, was granted in 2012.
The district council’s draft local plan also earmarks an area to the south of the hospital for up to 200 homes.
After a lengthy debate, councillors agreed to give the plans – which still need to be finalised in detail – approval, pending a number of conditions.
Councillors voted by nine votes to two that no development will take place before a new roundabout at the hospital junction is built and also asked the county council highway authority to provide a more detailed and up-to-date traffic impact assessment, taking the number of developments currently in the pipeline into account.
Councillor Joe Tucker, who moved to approve, said: “It gives me great concern to hear Highways’ input.
“Every speaker this morning said they were concerned with the traffic in the area.”
Cllr David Worden said: “The highways situation is a disaster as far as I’m concerned. Pilton Causeway is a nightmare at times and this could be dangerous.”
And ward member Cllr Brian Greenslade labelled the highway authority’s response to concerns raised at May’s meeting as ‘a nonsense’ and ‘pie in the sky’.