Fears for the effect of 800 new homes at Larkbear in Barnstaple.

Residents fearing the effects of 800 new homes at Larkbear in Barnstaple are continuing to keep up the pressure on planners and developers.

Although outline planning permission for the 'new neighbourhood' has been approved, Larkbear Action Group (LAG) is worried various proposed outstanding details, including a bus lane up Lake Hill, will prove hugely damaging.

They met with ward councillors, officers, the police and developers at the site near Lake Lane to highlight their concerns.

Under the 'reserved matters' to be decided as part of the application from Persimmon and Elan Homes, Devon County Highways has recommended a bus lane up Lake Hill to service the new estate and Petroc.

Residents say the lane would also be 'cut in two' by an access road to Larkbear from the Western bypass.

"LAG is vigorously challenging the proposals on grounds the bus lane is totally unnecessary as there is a perfectly good option for a bus route by way of the Western bypass," said Don Pratt, group chairman.

"There are viable options to keep Lake Lane open for residents of Lake/Tawstock and Sticklepath Court to continue to directly access parish and village facilities they have enjoyed since time immemorial."

He said LAG would continue to lobby and make sure the community had a voice on planning, as it should under the Government's Localism Act.