Plans for a new ‘woodland holiday village’ were due to be discussed at this morning’s plans committee meeting, but the discovery of Historic England’s objection could see matters delayed.

Historic England has raised concerns about a proposed development of holiday lodges at Knapp House in Northam.

The letter written by Rhiannon Rhys, inspector of historic buildings and areas, was written in May 2017 but was only discovered yesterday (Wednesday) due to being identified as spam by Torridge District Council’s IT system.

TDC posted a statement on its website saying it hoped to defer a decision on the planning application while planning officers consider Historic England’s concerns.

In her letter, Ms Rhys said Historic England considered the scheme would have a ‘harmful impact’ on the Grade II listed Tapeley Park and Gardens across the river.

This is due to the increase in ‘scale and mass’ of the site from a caravan park to 58 two-and-a-half-storey chalets.

The application has received much objection from residents as it is believed to be the site of an ancient battlefield, and was due to be discussed at this morning’s plans committee meeting.

But now the council’s senior solicitor will ask for the item to be deferred so that a decision is ‘not unduly rushed’.

“This will allow further opportunity for the applicant to consider and address the concerns raised by Historic England,” TDC said in its statement.

“Council officers also need to further assess the various concerns raised and to refer to them in an updated report to be considered at a future meeting of the plans committee.

“This is to ensure that the committee will be presented with a clear recommendation at a future meeting based on all updated information, with any subsequent decision taken by the committee based on full and accurate information rather than incomplete information.”

Check back for the outcome of the plans committee meeting later today.