Package of 16 homes expected to get heated opposition from residents

Plans for new homes at Instow are expected to get a heated reception when they go before councillors today (Wednesday).

Residents and protesters have been loud in their opposition to proposals for a package of 16 new homes submitted by Christie Estates.

It is seeking to create 10 new homes on land at Marine Parade and another six at Anstey Way.

But residents fear the larger application on the 'pony field' next to the Royal Marines camp could lead to flooding and sewage problems.

The Marine Parade development also seeks to create a public open space, play park and footpath link to the Tarka Trail.

Today's North Devon Council planning meeting at Barnstaple Rugby Club will hear recommendations to approve both applications.

A recent protest at the 'pony field' of around 20 people heard claims the sewage infrastructure would not cope if the houses were built.

They also asked why proposals for a new school nearby were refused for 'safety and security reasons' due to the proximity of the Marines camp, but it was OK to put houses there.

Barbara Ward, who lives in a cottage bordering the field, said: "I am one of those that has sewage around my property in the winter and we cannot get content insurance because we are on a flood plain.

"It's horrendous in the winter and in the rain - anything that gets done in there is going to push it all this way."

A Christie Estates spokesman said it was confident the views 
of local people and consultees would be taken into account by the planning process.

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