Councillors have approved contentious plans for 105 houses in Pilton.

A decision on the scheme at Raleigh Park, just south of North Devon District Hospital, had twice been deferred by North Devon Council’s planning committee due to concerns about the safety of the proposed access road and the cumulative impact of several other developments on traffic in the area.

Outline planning consent has already been granted for 110 homes at nearby Northfield Lane; 80 at Trayne Farm; 43 at Westaway Plain; and 101 on the hospital site, along with a staff campus of 112 apartments and 18 homes.

Members have been recommended by planning officers to approve the plans throughout, but wanted Devon County Council’s Highways team to look at alternatives for the access junction from North Road.

Several members of the Pilton Residents Group spoke against the plans at Thursday’s meeting.

Cllr Joe Tucker said: “I’m not happy with everything I see around Pilton but I do feel that if we are going to provide some of these houses for people with no roof over their heads – and there are more than 2,000 in North Devon – then sometimes we have to compromise.”

Cllr Tucker also suggested more people should ‘jump on the bus or walk’ to alleviate traffic congestion.

Members voted six to four in favour of approving the scheme.