Ilfracombe bus station decision may be put off
THE decision on the controversial Ilfracombe bus station development looks likely to be deferred for a month while councillors make a site visit. When the planning committee of North Devon Council meets on Wednesday it will be recommended to defer the d
THE decision on the controversial Ilfracombe bus station development looks likely to be deferred for a month while councillors make a site visit.
When the planning committee of North Devon Council meets on (Wednesday) it will be recommended to defer the decision on the proposed 51 flats and four commercial units to give enough time to allow a number of consultation responses to come back in and allow a site visit if councillors wish.
The application to demolish the old bus station and develop the site submitted by Omnium Ilfracombe Limited has not been popular in the town, with many saying the proposal is too large and over-intensive for the harbour site.
A packed public meeting hosted by Ilfracombe Town Council recommended refusal for the scheme, which would consist of four apartment blocks made up of 34 two bedroom flats and 17 one bedroom, with up to a quarter being affordable housing.
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The commercial side of the scheme would see three retail units fronting Broad Street and a cafe unit on Fore Street. There would be a pedestrian link between Fore Street and Ropery Road via Albert Court.
A new bus lay-by and turnaround facility would be created at the junction of Wilder Road, St James place and Mill-head.
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This application is an amended version of the scheme, submitted by agents Woodward Smith Architects after the initial submission was deemed to be too intensive and overlooked neighbouring properties.
A planning report to the committee said the proposal was acceptable in principle in terms of general layout and range of uses, but a number of issues "need to be resolved relating to design on the main site, and at the bus turnaround, amenity, sustainability, the number of affordable dwellings and the pedestrian link."
Ilfracombe district Councillor Paul Yabsley, who is a member of the planning committee, told the Gazette: "Because it's such a hard context to understand without seeing it, we all feel that it is sensible not to make a decision until we have actually seen the site.