Questions about Appledore marina proposal

SIR - May I comment on the recent public relations exercise regarding the proposal for a new settlement at Knapp House – by far the biggest planning event the area will ever have to deal with? There are some glaringly obvious questions, none of which the

SIR - May I comment on the recent public relations exercise regarding the proposal for a new settlement at Knapp House - by far the biggest planning event the area will ever have to deal with?

There are some glaringly obvious questions, none of which the propagandists were able to answer.

1, In a time of deep recession, when major, national house builders are going to the wall, where do the local developers hope to raise the many millions of pounds required? And how are they so confident that the houses will ever be sold?

2, Are local doctors crying out for a new Health Centre?


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3, Have they considered the traffic exiting onto Churchill Way, the main road out of Appledore which is already very congested? Five hundred houses equals at least 750 cars, plus traffic movements from the proposed Hotel, Health Centre, shop(supermarket?) and Marina - which in my estimation must equal at least 5,000 vehicle movements a day exiting onto Churchill Way and competing with Appledore school and shipyard traffic, trying to get out onto the Heywood Road. What price the Carbon Footprint?

4, Are not marinas usually constructed where there are deep water harbours? The Taw - Torridge Estuary (a UN designated Biosphere with a unique and sensitive ecology) has a huge tidal range. Thus, even if you trap the water in a marina, no boat would be able to sail in or out except for an hour or so around high tide.

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5, Every new planning proposal has to be approved by South West Water who have stated already e.g.: that Pontins, who have taken over the John Fowler Site in Westward Ho!, must install their own sewerage system. Why? - Because the Cornbourgh sewerage works is now full to capacity. Does this mean SWW will be expanding the Cournbough Sewerage plant?

6, Every local and district plan has emphasised the green space between the communities of Appledore and Northam. This proposal will put a coach and horses through these plans.

The feedback form handed out by the PR people included.: Question 2, "How important are the following elements in the proposals?" Providing new jobs for the area, facilities for local residents and affordable housing?

Everyone is in favour of the above, but not in favour of the proposal. So how do you answer these questions in this context?

You're not allowed to. Thus, those who put 'very important' beside each of the above will have voted in favour of the proposal. The rest of the questions were similarly loaded.

It is by this means that the developers are able to convince Torridge District Council that the people of the area want this development to happen.

I would urge everyone in the area (for it will affect everyone) to lobby their councillors vigorously - for if TDC were mindful to pass this proposal none of us will recognise our communities in five years time.

Jeremy Bell, Appledore

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