Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

UPDATED: Decision deferred on 115 new homes at Pilton

16:23 14 May 2014

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.


Councillors seek further clarity on proposed highway works and expressed concerns about cumulative impact on the area

NORTH Devon councillors have deferred a decision on 115 new homes on the outskirts of Barnstaple this morning (Wednesday).

The outline proposals for Northfield Lane, Pilton, were being recommended for approval by planning officers but councillors felt they needed more information about proposed highway works, which could see a roundabout built at the hospital junction, and also expressed concerns about the cumulative impact the development might have.

Planners were worried that this site, along with several others being discussed for the Pilton area, could have a ‘serious impact’ on traffic levels – particularly for the area’s abundance of emergency services.

Last month, the council approved plans for plans for 80 new homes on a green field site across the road at Trayne Farm, next to North Devon District Hospital.

A further planning consent for 101 new homes on the hospital site itself – as well as a staff campus of 112 apartments and 18 homes – was granted in 2012.

Plans for 43 new homes at neighbouring Westaway Plain are still being considered by the council.

The district council’s emerging local plan has also set aside an area to the south of the hospital for development – which could see up to 200 more homes built.

A number of local residents spoke to oppose the Northfield Lane plans, which were rejected by Barnstaple Town Council, to outline fears about traffic congestion and the separation distance to existing houses at Lynbro Road - fears shared by the district council’s planning committee.

Councillor David Worden pointed to the impact that the added volume of traffic as a result of development could have on the emergency services, as ambulances, fire engines and police cars are all stationed in the Pilton area.

District planning officers said that although the development would result in the loss of ‘good agricultural land’, it would deliver much-needed open market and affordable housing.

“This is another difficult one for us to decide,” said Cllr Joe Tucker. “I agree with some of the people making recommendations today but I would be struggling to think of something to say to get this application refused and I don’t want to leave this council open to thousands and thousands of pounds of costs (if the decision was overturned at appeal) which would go back on the tax payer.

“I would move deferment because Devon County Council is asking for £25,000 for road improvements, but there are no detailed plans for how that would be used yet.”

Around 30 of the houses would also be built outside of the emerging development boundary, another point which was deemed ‘unnecessary’ by councillors.

Councillor Glynn Lane added that the density of the proposed housing development, at 40 per hectare, would be too high, given that the density was less than half that in the surrounding area.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Volunteers at Grosvenor Church with just some of the Christmas shoeboxes

Thousands donate boxes for needy children around the world

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Go North Devon staff and volunteers collecting for the SOS Appeal. Picture: Tony Freeman

Appeal to North Devon companies to help preserve ring and ride plus shopmobility services

Read more
Yesterday, 08:17
Was this artwork created by a celebrity? Place your bid in the Children's Hospice SW charity online auction

Children’s Hospice South West hosts secret online charity auction

Read more
Fri, 17:20
Libby Ross of Devon and Severn IFCA tags a blonde ray in Bideford Bay. Picture: Steph Davies

Fishermen join tagging scheme to prove ray stocks are abundant off the North Devon coast

Read more
Fri, 15:25
Frederick and Agnes Reed

American family seeking to reunite their grandfather with his beloved wife, who is buried somewhere in Bideford

Read more
Fri, 13:38
North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Healthcare trust to keep impact on services minimal throughout industrial action

Read more
Fri, 12:39
The Coca-Cola Christmas lorry will be in Barnstaple Square until 8pm today. Picture: Andy Keeble

Famous red lorry brings festive cheer to town Square

Read more
Thu, 16:51
Fore Street Christmas market will be undercover this year. Picture: Sally Almond

Sunday’s event will go ahead as planned, but undercover in case of inclement weather

Read more
Thu, 15:19
The proposed hotel in Westward Ho!

Planning inspector overturns Torridge District Council decision to refuse ‘in principle’ plans for 15-bed ‘Whotel’

Read more
Thu, 12:05
Could Eleanor Grant's song In Your Arms be a Christmas number one?

Teenage singer’s song for new animated movie about the Louisa lifeboat launch makes its bid for festive chart success

Read more

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas Magazine

Click here for your ultimate guide to
Christmas in North Devon

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications