Plans to build a road through a Barnstaple play park could be scrapped if new proposals to relocate a factory are given the go-ahead. An application to demolish Tritech Precision Products in Whiddon Valley and relocate the factory to a new purpose-built unit in Roundswell is set to be submitted to North Devon Council, the Gazette understands. If approved, Castle Park Road could provide an alternative site for a new access road to 950 new homes being planned as part of the proposed Westacott Urban Extension. The road was originally set to run through the Westacott Meadow play area but last year, the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan was amended to include an alternative access road following concern by local people. The local plan, due for adoption in spring next year, also includes five hectares of employment land as part of the Westacott expansion between now and 2031. Andy White, Tritech operations director, said he was aware of the proposed extension to Westacott and the controversy surrounding the road through the play area. He said the aerospace manufacturer had a few years left on its lease but would be happy to consider a move to a new factory in Roundswell. We are an expanding business and we had been in discussions with our landlord about expanding the existing factory, he said. Weve since been asked about how we would feel about relocating the factory to somewhere else in Barnstaple. As an aerospace manufacturer we would have to get various approvals but Im sure it can be done. This is a 30-year-old factory and we have adapted it to suit our needs so the opportunity to move to a custom-built factory is a good one. Tim Richards, asset manager at property consultancy Aston Rose confirmed that the firm had started a pre-application planning process with the council on behalf of the factorys landlords. The local authority is aware that our land is on the table as a possible access point to the development. It does provide a reasonable alternative to going through the play area, which is owned by the local authority. We are ready to go; we have a close dialogue with Tritech, which needs a bigger more modern and better insulated factory. A planning application will be submitted as soon as we have received the pre-planning advice from the council.