Council responds to Gullacombe plan

Town council scrutinises proposals for 150-home South Molton development.

SOUTH Molton Town Council has given its views on a 150-home development being proposed for the town.

The council’s planning committee has resolved to neither formally approve nor refuse the application, but give objective comments on the plans by Elan Homes, in conjunction with Pearce Construction.

The town council, which is joint-owner of the 20-acre Gullacombe Valley plot, signed a land option agreement with Elan in June 2010.

Members felt there should be a roundabout at the entrance to the site in Station Road to slow down traffic and make the Hugh Squier junction safer.

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They said traffic should be persuaded to enter the development through the Station Road junction rather than using Mole Ridge Way and Parsonage Lane. Some members also suggested Parsonage Lane be made one way.

Councillors called for a bus stop and lay by-in Station Road and raised concern about the number of off-road parking spaces provided for each house on the development.

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They said problems had arisen on estates recently built in the town where there has not been enough off-road parking and consequently roads through the development are badly congested.

Concerns were raised about the position of the proposed pedestrian crossing in North Road and councillors also felt some of the houses were too small.

They recommended that a bollard be positioned at the bottom of Parsonage Lane and a stop junction be created in order to give priority to the residents of Winston Park.

At a recent public consultation, developers indicated that a small car park would be created at the bottom of Parsonage Lane for use by dog walkers using the community woodland but members noted there was no mention of this in the present plans.

The town council’s views will be forwarded to the planning department at North Devon Council to form part of the authority’s determination of the proposals.

A site meeting with district council members and officers will take place on April 11.

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