An application for 43 new homes off Westaway Plain was discussed by North Devon Counci’s planning committee on Wednesday.

A decision to grant planning permission for another 43 homes in Barnstaple has been deferred by North Devon Council.

The application from Summix Developments, which would see houses built on a plot of land off Westaway Plain in Pilton, went before the council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Councillors deferred the application to allow the developer to submit fresh plans for a smaller residential site.

The move came after councillors were concerned about the impact the new houses would have on nearby Youings Drive.

Cllr Malcolm Prowse said: “I think we should compromise on some of the section 106 agreement for 43 houses. This seems the only way to do it.

“A slightly lower number of houses, with some expectations and instructions on what we expect, rather than a refusal.”

Cllr Prowse said he ‘understood’ concerns about traffic and infrastructure in Pilton, but a refusal would be difficult to defend if an appeal were lodged.

If the plans had been accepted, it would have taken the total number of planned development in Pilton to 380 homes.

Traffic concerns formed a significant part of the debate, which saw some councillors moving to refuse the homes completely.

Cllr Joe Tucker said: “The traffic and infrastructure in Pilton with these near 400 homes is really at breaking point - we’ve got to see that Pilton development has to stop.”

His sentiments were echoed by councillor Frank Biederman, who said the area was ‘critical’ and the council had to ‘protect the hospital and fire station’.