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RE: the Bishops Tawton development boundary extension.

I was recently forwarded a letter with regard the above and was shocked to read about the proposals of the local parish council for the extension of the development boundary to the village.

The district council have asked all the local parish councils in the area to provide five to 10 per cent of additional land for development over the next 20 years, including the parish of Bishops Tawton.

I have been told that this equates to between 40 to 80 houses in our parish. There is a brownfield site on the edge of the village and 21 houses on the river bend, which probably is getting near the 40-house requirement with other small applications.

So I am slightly mystified as to why a large site encompassing three large fields has been selected to the top of Chestwood and adjacent to Mount Pleasant.


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The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment(SHLAA) number SHA/BTA/110 indicates that there is a potential for 126 dwellings on this site, which would have a order to build a new play area right next to the main A377 with the large majority of children having to cross the main road to access it.

According to the SHLAA report on this land, the majority of it is not fit for housing due to it being in flood zones two and three, so it is unlikely that a new village hall would ever get planning unless a major flood-alleviation scheme were to take place.

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By changing the status of the land to within the development boundary, the parish council wish this land to be developed at some point.

I urge all of the residents that may be affected by this to vehemently oppose this proposal by writing to either the parish councillors as soon as possible – as I understand a decision has to be made before June 1 – to forward onto the district council.

I assume that the parish councillors will take on the wishes of the villagers before making a decision.

To object to the parish clerk, or for further information on SHLAA reports, go to to www.northdevon.gov.uk.

Robert Tanner

Barnstaple

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