A scheme for 150 new homes plus eight hectares of employment land is recommended for approval by councillors this Wednesday (July 10).

COUNCILLORS will tomorrow (Wednesday) be asked to approve major plans at Chivenor for 150 new homes plus a business park and a park and ride facility.

The outline application from the St Francis Group for land at Chivenor Cross seeks to create a mixed use development of housing, plus employment land including just over two hectares for business use and a further six for general industrial use.

It also seeks to create a 'multi purpose hub' that could include a community building, as well as open green spaces a park and ride, bus stops, access roads and cycle plus foot paths.

The application says the development would form 'a sustainable new Chivenor neighbourhood' and provision is made in North Devon Council's local plan for the 'Wrafton South Eastern Extension'.

Braunton Parish Council has recommended approval as long as the developer takes into consideration the inclusion of a BMX track as part of its open space requirement.

Heanton Punchardon Parish Council said it should be 'called in' by the local ward member and Ashford Parish Council said if approved it should take into account 'existing road problems' and contain provision for infrastructure to ease that.

Planners have so far received nine letters of objection to the proposals, including one from Heanton Punchardon Residents Association.

In a letter on behalf of the association, chairman Stephen Crowther said they felt it would create extra traffic problems, adding: "The planned park and ride facility will, if it is successful, encourage more people to travel along the A361 to this point, putting more pressure on congested roads and Braunton village centre."

His letter also said it would create 'another isolated industrial park away from the main centres of employment' and that the proposed layout of the scheme was 'ad hoc and totally unrelated to its surroundings'.

Other letters raised fears of flooding, traffic and congestion problems, as well as criticism the plans were not well advertised or publicised.