Expansion for Barnstaple housing estate

Joseph Bulmer

Hundreds of new homes being planned for Roundswell

PLANS to extend a Barnstaple housing estate with a further 400 homes could go before council planners before the end of the year.

Developer Linden Homes said it has an option agreement on two pockets of land either side of the sports field at Tews Lanes at Roundswell.

The homebuilder is awaiting publication of the North Devon and Torridge Joint Core Strategy, a key Local Development Framework document that sets out guidelines for the number of new homes to be built in the region between now and 2026.

A spokesperson for Linden Homes said the company had already met with local people to discuss their intentions for the two sites but it was too early to give a breakdown of the types of homes that would be built.

“We have had initial conversations with the Roundswell Residents’ Association to ask them what they would like to see out of the development,” said Emma Mackay, public relations manager for Linden Homes South West.

“As with any major new development we always make sure that we consult with the local community to find out how we can support the area with new infrastructure and services such as schools and roads.

“It is early days, but we are keen to start consultation and are waiting for the next stage of the Local Development Framework, which will be published by the council later in the year.”

The North Devon and Torridge Joint Core Strategy draft document, put out to public consultation in January last year, earmarks Tews Lane as one of a number of potential “urban extensions” of Barnstaple as part of a drive to provide around 6,000 new homes in and around the town.

Other sites include Larkbear, North Yelland, Whiddon Valley, Gorwell, Bickington, Westaway Plain, Petroc College and Fremington Army Camp.

North Devon Council’s lead officer for planning policy, Andrew Austen, said Tews Lane was a site that that could accommodate “some growth” although no decision had been made as to the number of homes or their distribution.

Mr Austin said that planning officers were aiming to report back to the two district councils with the findings of the public consultation this summer and that this would form the basis of a revised draft.

The North Devon and Torridge Joint Core Strategy draft document can be viewed at http://consult.torridge.gov.uk/portal/planning_policy/jcs/prepub_cs