Councillors reject Ilfracombe bus station plans

THE planning saga of Ilfracombe’s bus station site looks set to continue after councillors turned down plans for 50 flats and four commercial units.

The application from Omnium Ilfracombe Ltd has not proved popular with many local residents and around 30 of them travelled to North Devon Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday to make their voices heard.

The scheme had been revised following an original planning application in 2008 and the council’s officers had recommended approval, but the committee saw it differently.

Among other things, councillors rejected the plan because they said it was too over-intensive and had too much of an impact on Ropery Road and Fore Street, creating an oppressive nature.

Councillors also felt the mix of housing proposed was not in line with the development plan for the site, which in addition required a “leisure aspect” that was also lacking.

Ilfracombe Town Councillor Rod Donovan said of the 30-strong crowd who made their way over from the town, 10 spoke at the meeting, all against the application.

“It was certainly a landmark victory for localism, which is what the government is promoting now,” he said.

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“Local people have got themselves together and fought a good case against this and on planning terms too.”

At the time of going to press yesterday (Tuesday) a decision had not been made on whether the developers would appeal against the verdict.

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