Open meeting to air over-development fears

Defend North Devon has been formed to fight thousands of new homes planned for the area.

Defend North Devon has been formed to fight thousands of new homes planned for the area. - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple meeting being held by group formed to fight thousands of new homes planned for the town.

People concerned about over-development are being invited to attend a meeting in Barnstaple tomorrow

People concerned about over-development are being invited to attend a meeting in Barnstaple tomorrow night. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

PEOPLE concerned about over-development in and around Barnstaple are being invited to attend a special meeting in the town tomorrow night (Friday).

The meeting at Roundswell Community Centre is being held by a new action group created to fight off plans for around 6,000 new homes planned for the area.

Defend North Devon was officially formed at an inaugural committee meeting on Tuesday night.

As revealed in the Gazette earlier this month, the alliance is made of 11 action groups opposed to developments at Larkbear, Chivenor Cross, Fremington, Goodleigh Road, Pilton, Bishops Tawton and Bickington, among others.

UKIP chairman Steve Crowther was elected chairman by the newly-formed Defend North Devon committee.


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Secretary Jim Martin said everyone was welcome to attend tomorrow night’s meeting, which starts at 7.30pm.

“We don’t know how many people will turn up but there has been a lot of interest,” he said.

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“They are planning around 6,000 new homes for around 8,000 to 10,000 adults and 2,000 children.

“There will be three or four presentations about the planning problems facing Barnstaple in general but we won’t be focusing on specific developments.

“The planning committee is an open cheque book for developments at the moment,” he added.

Mr Crowther is expected to open the meeting with a talk about planning issues. His presentation will be followed by talks about health and education provision in the area; transport; and sewage.”

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