Torridge District Council has today (Thursday) voted to defer the Winsford Park plans in Bideford until it receives further information on surface water drainage.

Councillors have voted to defer their decision on plans for 750 new homes in Bideford.

Torridge District Council’s plans committee met this morning (Thursday) to discuss the Winsford Park plans off Clovelly Road.

But before discussing the plans by Bloor Homes fully, the council heard Devon County Council and the Environment Agency were not satisfied with the surface water drainage plans.

An email received yesterday was read to the council and stated DCC wanted to see ‘more concise’ proposals for the site.

It was suggested councillors could decide on the plans and, should they approve them, delegate the surface water matters to officers.

But Councillor Mervyn Langmead said: “This is such an important application and I feel we cant delegate this decision.”

Cllr Peter Christie seconded this and added the current drainage plans were ‘completely unacceptable’.

“It drains into the Kenwith Valley but there is no reference made to this in the papers in front of me,” he said.

Councillors voted unanimously to defer to the application to discuss the matter with developers Bloor Homes further.