Plans to build 172 houses as part of a ‘western extension’ to South Molton have been approved.

At a North Devon Council planning committee meeting on Wednesday, members voted unanimously to give developer Wainhomes permission to build the dwellings on land off Nadder Lane.

Unusually for an application of this size, only one person – local resident Mark Cornelius – spoke against the plans.

It will fill a large portion of the ‘western extension’ of the town outlined in the emerging North Devon and Torridge local plan, including part of a new distributor road which would run around South Molton.

The development will include 112 open market houses and 60 affordable dwellings – a 35 per cent rate.

Ward member Cllr David Worden said: “I’m really pleased with the percentage of affordable homes.

“Although there are little bits we are not happy with, overall I think it’s a good scheme.

“There’s lots of benefits for South Molton.”

And Cllr Jasmine Chesters applauded Wainhomes for ‘listening to the people’ and agreeing to allay town council concerns over a turn in the new road.