Bickington earmarked for large-scale mixed homes development.

PLANS for up to 250 new homes in Bickington are being unveiled to the public for the first time next week.

Wainhomes (South West) Holdings Ltd is currently drawing up proposals for the mixed housing development at Mead Park, on land opposite a number of existing homes.

Design manager Brian Dufty said the firm was currently drawing up a ‘masterplan’ for the site but drawings would be finalised in time for exhibition at the Cedars Inn, in Barnstaple on Wednesday week.

“We will be looking at providing a mixture of homes, open spaces and allotments and hope to get the plans in the final stage by the middle of next week,” he told the Gazette on Thursday week.

In recent months, different developers have registered outline plans for 350 houses at Tews lane, and amended proposals for 277 homes at the former Fremington Army Camp. If all three developments were realised – notwithstanding emerging plans for up to 1,000 homes at Larkbear – the area could see nearly 900 new homes built.

Wainhomes land manager Peter Crawford said the public consultation would present proposals for the ‘potential’ development of 200-250 houses.

“This is not a planning application at this stage although we hope it will be at some point,” he said.

“It is quite a big site and we are not going for the usual high-density development. There will be a mix of family homes, affordable homes and bungalows.

“It has good access to Barnstaple bus routes and also to the Tarka Trail.

“The development would share the access road with the current homes at Mead Park.”

The exhibition on Wednesday, August 1 takes place from 1-7pm.