Council says ‘harm would outweigh the benefits’ of 100 homes proposal

Plans for 100 new homes at Goodleigh Road in Barnstaple have been turned down today (Wednesday).

North Devon Council’s planning committee followed officers’ advice and voted to refuse the application.

Planners said the site lies outsider the development boundary for Barnstaple and said its benefits would be outweighed by the harm to the landscape and rural character of the area.

Local ward member, Councillor Ian Roome, said: “I am pleased that the planning committee supported my view to refuse this application on the grounds that it would have a detrimental impact on the landscape of Barnstaple.

“We have to protect our rural gateway into our market town and assess each application on its own merits.

“I also had other major concerns around the highway issues that such a development may impose on the surrounding area.”

The proposals by Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd had sought permission for 100 homes plus public open space and associated infrastructure.

The site is located to the east of Barnstaple past Crookmans Corner.