The application for homes to be built on land east of South Park, was debated by North Devon Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

North Devon Council (NDC) has rejected plans for 55 new homes in Braunton – with the plans likened to putting bricks in a bucket of water.

Concerns over flooding were prevalent at the committee meeting at Barnstaple Rugby Club on Wednesday.

As well as ecological concerns, the council deemed that the development on land east of South Park did not have enough affordable housing and was contrary to their local plan.

The development from Chichester Homes would have featured a range of three to five bedroom properties, including 19 one to three bedroom affordable houses.

NDC deferred the application at a meeting in October due to a late submission of information about the ecological impact of the development.

Since then, Chichester Homes has launched an appeal against the council for not deciding on the application quick enough.

Despite this, councillors felt that building on the plot of land was not suitable.

Councillor Jasmine Chesters likened building on the site to putting bricks in a bucket of water in the wake of flooding in the village and said 55 homes could mean up to 440 more traffic movements in the area each day.

A motion for refusal was put forward by cllr Jeremy Yabsley.

He said: “It appears to me that this site potentially may be developable in the future, but I feel very strongly that this application is premature.

“It does not properly address issues of design, ecology, traffic, flooding and foul sewage. On that basis I will move a recommendation of refusal.”

The strength of feeling from local residents was clear, with 140 letters of objection received and a wealth of people wishing to make representations at the Wednesday’s meeting.

Cllr Joe Tucker said: “There’s no doubt what has been said by councillors and speakers, there are far too many issues and I cannot support this proposal.

“We’ve heard about highways and flooding issues in Braunton and we know that in the Wrafton area they have been severely flooded as well.

“If we stuck 55 more houses in this area it will only make their position worse.”

A spokesman for Chichester Homes said: “‘We were disappointed with the outcome of the plans committee meeting and now await the decision of the appeal inspector”