Bishops Tawton boundary plans looked at again
Villagers organise their own community consultation after rejecting parish council proposals for 800 new homes.
‘COMMUNITY power’ has seen hundreds of Bishops Tawton residents turn out to have their say on future development of the village.
There was a furore at the Parish Council’s AGM last month when residents vented their fury at ‘inadequate consultation’ as it was revealed extensions to the development boundary could lead to 800 more homes.
Instead, the community decided to stage its own consultation day, with resident Peter Leaver booking the village hall for Wednesday and seeking an extension from North Devon Council on the parish’s submission for the draft local plan, which it agreed to.
District councillor and ward member David Luggar said NDC had recommended a five per cent increase in housing, which equated to about 20 new homes.
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“I was delighted to see so many turn out to express their views on the future of their village,” he said.
“Over the weekend the feedback was analysed and will go back to NDC for inclusion in the local plan, which it is hoped will be ready by the end of the year.”
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The original unpopular plans showed the village boundary increase by some 30 hectares, also illustrating a new village hall, playing field, and high speed internet businesses.
But many villagers objected, some saying they did not wish to become ‘the southern tentacle’ of Barnstaple. Mr Luggar said there had been a number of concerns, including from the Environment Agency about flooding risk.