Do you think the proposals for 100 new homes at Atlantic Park in Bideford should have come before the planning committee?

A district councillor said he is ‘astonished’ plans for 100 new homes in Bideford were approved by planning officers.

At the Torridge District Council (TDC) plans committee yesterday (Thursday), members heard the proposals for the site at Atlantic Park, off Clovelly Road, had been approved.

The plans, submitted in 2014, were decided upon by planning officers, rather than being called into the committee.

But Councillor Peter Christie said he could not believe a development of that size had not been taken to the committee for members to decide.

“I’m amazed this has been delegated and hasn’t come before us,” he said.

“Bideford Town Council opposed this very strongly.”

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Councillor Mervyn Langmead said he was ‘gutted’ the application has been approved.

“It was not called in by the ward member, which is obviously a fault,” he said.

“I would have thought it would immediately come to committee on a development of that size.

“For the officer to just say yes or no is taking it one step too far.”

But Councillor Peter Watson questioned the two Bideford councillors, asking them why they had not called the matter in themselves.

He said: “You both sit on the plans committee, so why didn’t you call it in?”

The outline planning application for the site was approved by council planning officers on October 20.

At the same council meeting, members also approved plans for 550 new homes in Bideford, but several said they felt ‘backed into a corner’.

Read the full report from the plans committee meeting here.