The regional head of the Environment Agency will be visiting North Devon on Thursday. Alan Burrows will be visiting Braunton with North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones to discuss the villages flood defences. He will your the village and speak to local councillors, before moving on to Mannings Pit in Pilton. The beauty spot in Barnstaple is currently the subject of a controversial pending planning application for new homes. Mr Heaton-Jones said: I wanted a senior Environment Agency official to come here because we have these two pressing issues. I am pleased Alan Burrows is coming and I will be using the opportunity to impress upon him the very real concerns of local people.