Public meeting over Ilfracombe bus station plans

THE people of Ilfracombe have been invited to have their say on revised plans for the controversial bus station site at a special meeting on Monday of next week (August 24.) The Mayor, Councillor Philip Webb, has called an extraordinary meeting of the cou

THE people of Ilfracombe have been invited to have their say on revised plans for the controversial bus station site at a special meeting on Monday of next week (August 24.)

The Mayor, Councillor Philip Webb, has called an extraordinary meeting of the council at 7pm in the Ilfracombe Centre to hear a presentation on the proposed 59 flats and four commercial units by project architects Woodward Smith on behalf of developer Omnium Ilfracombe Ltd.

The floor will then be open for comments and questions from councillors plus a chance for the public to speak. The council will then vote on its recommendation.

The amended plans have been brought back to the table after a previous application meet with little enthusiasm because it was not in keeping with the harbour area.


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The current plans propose 59 flats for the former First Bus site together with three small retail units to Broad Street and one caf� bar onto Fore Street. The scheme is arranged into blocks named Water House, The Ropery, Gilbert Court and Lifeboat Court. Subject to viability, 15 flats would be "affordable," owned and managed by Devon and Cornwall Housing Association.

An internal courtyard with parking for 35 cars is proposed. Residents will have access to an on-site car club.

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A new bus lay-by and turn around will be provided for the end of Wilder Road.

"The bus station is one of the most important sites in a historic part of Ilfracombe and it is therefore extremely important the Town Council takes its time considering this application before making any recommendations to the planners in North Devon Council," said Cllr Webb.

He said the meeting had been called because of the importance of the site to the town.

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