Councillors have approved plans for 68 new houses in Bideford, despite objections from neighbours over access.

The proposals by NG Properties SW Ltd show the 68 houses and four flats would be accessed via Stucley Road.

A private road which currently runs next to Blights Motors to site from Clovelly Road would be used for construction traffic.

But once the development is complete it would become a private cycle and footpath and emergency access only.

Malcolm Hurrell, who lives in Stucley Road, spoke against the development and said: “I have no interest in the actual development.

“They want to keep their road and keep it quite quiet while we have to deal with traffic around the estate where their are numerous children playing.”

Torridge District Council’s plans committee heard on Thursday the land already had permission for 100 homes and access off Clovelly Road.

Nicky Giddy, speaking on behalf of the application, said it would be a mixture of two-to-five-bedroom homes, ‘marketed at an affordable level’.

He added: “These will be marked to first-time buyers in a community in desperate need of these type of homes.”

Despite some debate over the safety of the access, the council heard highways had no objections, and voted to approve the site by five-votes-to-four.