Houses are costly

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So the Mount Sandford Green development has been given outline planning permission (“Business park and homes ‘go-ahead’”, Gazette, April 24).

This is despite the fact that this site was not part of the current development plans and there are serious issues with access, flooding, overloaded sewage systems and school provision.

According to my research “Passive Houses” are 14 per cent more expensive to construct than conventional houses, which does not bode well for competitive pricing.

No good news either for local building workers, apart from assemblers, as the houses will be built in Germany.

Not to worry as a mystery manufacturer could relocate to North Devon as part of the project and provide 180 new jobs.

This enticing prospect, together with the possible loss of £3million available from the Growing Places Fund, was enough to secure outline planning approval.

But are the jobs and government money certain? Is this location really the best place for new homes and an Innovation Park given the existence, locally, of many approved development sites which could have a stronger case for business and homes development.

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Tony Martin

South Molton

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