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Village ‘under siege’ from developers says top councillor

PUBLISHED: 12:26 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:38 13 September 2012

Councillor Rodney Cann has concerns that Fremington could become over-developed.

Councillor Rodney Cann has concerns that Fremington could become over-developed.

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Leading councillor warns too much development and too many new homes will harm Fremington parish.

THE chairman of Fremington council says the parish is ‘under siege’ from a tidal wave of proposals from developers with new home building schemes.

Councillor Rodney Cann said proposals to develop as many as 10 sites in the parish could lead to up to 2,000 houses landing on Fremington’s doorstep.

Mr Cann issued a similar warning when he spoke to the North Devon Gazette in May, but he believes the situation has become even worse.

In addition to 350 houses proposed for land at Tews Lane, there is a further 277 earmarked for the former Fremington army camp site and now a further 600 proposed for land at West Yelland.

Mr Cann said there are also proposals for further sites at Yelland and Bickington that will swell the number of proposed dwellings, not to mention the impact of the proposals in the adjoining parish at Larkbeare for another 900.

“I think the reality is Fremington parish is now under siege from developers,” he said.

“West Yelland is just one of a whole series of proposals which I consider are not in the interests of the public, but driven purely for profit.

“Traffic systems and schools are already at saturation point. We have to look at the quality of life for people who already live here and the effect such developments will have on our residents and not least the ecology of the internationally important Taw estuary.”

Fremington district councillor Chris Turner has a similar view and said he was hugely concerned with the ‘ongoing, and pending, over-intensification of Bickington, Fremington and Yelland’.

“The existing infrastructures are not man enough for the current levels and there is little or no money available for upgrades,” he said.

“I have long advocated the development of the Barnstaple to Bideford ‘link road corridor’ as the only realistic and sensible area for development and yet am told this will not be considered for many years, despite recognition that it may be a viable alternative.”

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