Council investigates soil mound on Asda site

Complaints lead to planning control probe.

DEVON County Council says it is investigating a large mound of soil that has appeared on land earmarked for a new Asda store in Barnstaple.

The pile of soil at Anchorwood Bank, next to the Sticklepath roundabout, is being treated as waste material by the council, which said it was speaking to the agent of the site owners about an ‘apparent’ breach of planning control.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Following complaints received from members of the public and Barnstaple Town Council, we are looking into this issue. There is no planning permission for this material to be on site and our investigation is continuing.”

The former Leaderflush Shapland site is currently the focus of a hybrid planning application for a 6,820 sq m retail food store, together with up to 350 homes; a 60-bed hotel; employment space; community facilities; shops; restaurants; cafes; a pub and take-away.

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Other details outlined in the plans, currently being determined by North Devon Council, include flood defence measures such as raising ground levels.

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