Fremington camp plans turned down

Developer will appeal against council’s decision to refuse plans for 277 homes at former army camp site.

PLANS for 277 new homes at Fremington Army camp have been scotched after councillors voted unanimously to refuse the scheme on highways grounds.

Local people applauded the decision to reject the Fremington Developments LLP proposal at a packed North Devon Council planning meeting on Wednesday.

Ward member Councillor Frank Biederman proposed a recommendation for refusal because of the restricted width of the military road access, lack of a secondary access, inadequate pavement width and the ‘significant detrimental impacts’ on the Fremington conservation area and amenities.

The developer’s agent, Alan Pearce of Alder King, said the firm would be appealing against the decision.

Fremington Parish Council chairman and local county councillor Rodney Cann has been scathing of the access proposals, calling for them to be altered and seeing a bid to reject them narrowly defeated six votes to seven at county level.

He said: “Imagine it. A single lane to serve 270 dwellings, existing dwellings, a busy and a very successful dentist and the very well used church and hall car park.”

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