Application for ‘marina village’ refused

How things could look: an artists' impression of the marina.

How things could look: an artists' impression of the marina. - Credit: Archant

Councillors voted five votes against four to refuse the decision.

People queued around the corner to get into the planning meeting at Bideford Town Hall this morning.

People queued around the corner to get into the planning meeting at Bideford Town Hall this morning. - Credit: Archant

Cheers erupted from members of the public this morning (Thurs) as councillors voted to refuse an application for a 250-berth ‘marina village’ at Knapp House.

Torridge District Council’s planning committee voted in favour with five votes to four, to refuse the plans for the marina, which also included 295 new houses, 80 holiday homes, a 40-bed hotel, 90-bed care village, school site and medical centre.

At a planning meeting last month, members of the public booed the decision to defer the application until today’s meeting.

But many still turned out to witness the debate by councillors, who ultimately voted against the plans.


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The application was submitted last year by developers Len Tanner and Paul Hevingham, and has been the subject of some contention since.

At the meeting today, many were concerned over the impact the development and housing would have on the Appledore ship yard run by Babcock Marine.

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Some spoke in favour, saying if the marina worked it could provide much needed jobs in the area.

The town hall was packed with more than 150 people who erupted into applause when the decision was made.

Pick up a copy of next week’s Gazette for the full story.

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