Plans for up to 260 new homes in Bideford will be heard by councillors again tomorrow (Thursday) for a final decision.

Torridge District Council’s plans committee voted to refuse the planning application at its last meeting on October 4.

But because this went against the recommendation of planning officers, an extraordinary plans meeting is being held to hear an implications report.

The report says while some of the reasons given by members to refuse the plans might be defendable at appeal, two of them would need supporting evidence.

These are that the site is within the Environment Agency’s ‘critical drainage area’ and that it fails to deliver enough affordable housing.

Councillors will discuss the report then vote again on the planning application at the meeting in Bideford Town Hall at 9.30am.

Last time they debated the plans for two hours and were briefed on legal matters before voting six votes to two in favour of refusing the application.