Councillors told draft plans for A39 roundabout upgrade could go before Devon County Council by Christmas.

Plans to upgrade the Heywood Roundabout on the A39 at Northam to a ‘similar scheme to Roundswell’ have been drafted.

At the Torridge District Council plans committee on Thursday, councillors were told that Devon County Council (DCC) expects plans to come to committee for approval by Christmas.

A DCC spokesman said the scheme would ‘increase capacity’ to cater for future increases in traffic from new developments.

He said: “Detailed design work for the scheme is currently ongoing, and delivery timescales will be dependant on the progress of major development sites proposed for the Bideford Northam area.”