Councillors have voted to submit a planning application for new houses and community facilities at Westward Ho!

Councillors have voted to take plans for a Westward Ho! development to the formal planning stages.

Torridge District Council is hoping to transform the site into housing, two tennis courts, a community building and a play area.

The council initially consulted on the proposals for the site in June 2016, but it was met with much objection by locals.

A public inquiry was held after campaigners applied to Devon County Council to register the land as a village green.

But they lost the battle in October last year and now Torridge is looking to press on with the site plans.

The district council said the original buildings on the site were ‘inadequate’ and way beyong their expected lifespan.

TDC will now progress a planning application to be submitted for approval in the coming months.

Councillor James Morrish, lead member for the economy and chairman of community and resources committee said: “I look forward to seeing the plans for this site progressed to the next stage and I am particularly pleased that we have been able to include a large provision for community and sporting activities.

“With the inclusion of a housing element this should make the scheme largely self financing, which under current budget constraints is a responsible and sustainable approach to delivering the project.

“It represents another commitment to improving the infrastructure in Westward Ho! on top of the many millions of pounds the council have already secured and spent in the area.”

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