District councillors listen to parish council’s recommendation to allow new home in Church Close

NORTH Devon Councillors voted against the planning officer’s recommendation to approve a new house in a Goodleigh garden.

The planning committee were advised to refuse the application for a single-storey house with car parking in the garden of 4 Church Close due to concerns raised by the Highway Authority.

They objected to the development because of ‘inadequate visibility’ at the western and eastern junctions onto Goodleigh Road and the narrow width of Church Close, where there is also a school.

But the committee were swayed by the parish council’s recommendation of approval, represented at Wednesday’s meeting by Cllr Malcolm Prowse.

“The parish council considered it very carefully because the lane is very busy during school times,” he said. “The parish support it and I support it.

“The locals already adopt an unofficial one way system up Church Close which works really well and I don’t remember there being any accidents at either of the junctions.”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the plans.