Residents have had enough as new proposals for 44 homes add to more than 600 new houses approved by North Devon Council for the area.

Dozens of Pilton residents braved the torrential rain today (Saturday) to protest against yet another new housing development.

A public consultation is being held next week for another 44 new houses to add to more than 600 approved new homes in the area.

Residents gathered with umbrellas and wellies at the Youings Drive site - opposite where work is beginning on 42 new homes at Westaway Plain.

Councillors Brian Greenslade and Mair Manuel were also present after helping to arrange the proetst.

Cllr Greenslade addressed the crowd, asking them to visit the public exhibition at Yeo Dale Hotel on February 11, between 3pm-8pm, and make their voices heard.

“Let us show these developers they won’t get these new homes without a fight,” he said.

Cllr Greenslade said he was concerned about the C-class road these homes were being built off, and the risk of flooding.

He told the Gazette: “Pilton is being destroyed by the considerable number of housing developments that have been approved.

“The community feels very angry at the level of new housing being permitted and want to publicly say to this new developer and other developers enough is enough hands off Pilton!”

Approved developments in the area include: 110 homes at Northfield Lane; 80 at Trayne Farm; 105 at Raleigh Park; 101 hospital homes plus 112 staff apartments.