Revised Yelland homes scheme unveiled

Ed Heynes of Heynes Planning and Charlotte Robinson of Welbeck Strategic Land discuss the 'Yelland P

Ed Heynes of Heynes Planning and Charlotte Robinson of Welbeck Strategic Land discuss the 'Yelland Park' proposals with Yelland resident Alfred Jones. - Credit: Archant

Public consultations reveal 135 houses proposed for site at West Yelland.

SMALLER scale proposals for new homes at West Yelland have been unveiled at public consultations this week.

Developers have returned to the table with a revised scheme of 135 homes for ‘Yelland Park’ on fields between the main road and Tarka Trail.

It is a reduced version of proposals for 600 homes plus employment land, a school and community facilities original revealed by developers Welbeck Strategic Land at another consultation more than a year ago.

The latest scheme was revealed to residents at public consultations on Wednesday and Thursday at Instow and Fremington.


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It proposes 135 family homes of varying styles, with 35 per cent designated affordable, set near the main road and stretching form approximately Ballards Crescent to the power station road.

But almost two thirds of the site is now proposed as community woodlands, parkland and wildlife wetlands stretching down to the Tarka Trail and connected to it with new pathways.

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Access is proposed by a simple t-junction on to Yelland Road and near the existing Lagoon View junction.

Ed Heynes of Heynes Planning told the North Devon Gazette the scheme had changed because North Devon Council’s had altered the local plan to remove some of the site’s previous allocation for housing and employment.

“This scheme reflects partly what was discussed at the last consultation event and it is appropriate to this location in terms of size and scale,” he said.

Mr Heynes said there was no set time table but it was hoped a planning application could be submitted withint the next few months.

Consultant Jon Garner of Green Ecology said the project would see ‘a genuine wildlife gain’.

“At the moment we are in talks with a couple of wildlife bodies where the land would be donated to them and the woodland opened up with pathways across it,” he said.

But West Yelland resident Trudie Marsh said she could not understand why there was a need for 135 houses on that site in the first place.

“I can’t understand why a development company would spend an awful lot of money buying up a big piece of land and then building on half of it,” she said.

“On a personal level, the reason moved to this area was because it was very quiet with fantastic views to the estuary, green space and I feel that would be ruined by 135 families suddenly arriving with 200-plus cars.”

However, Yelland resident Alfred Jones was not opposed to the scheme: “I am ultra glad that it has not intruded on to the Biosphere,” he said, “and the buildings follow along with what is already there.”

Mr Jones said he did not see a problem with the development as long as the support infrastructure, such as provision for local schools, was in place.

People wishing to comment on the proposals can email yelland@welbeckland.co.uk

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