'Scrap the strategy'

SIR - The North Devon Council s proposed Core Strategy would be the end of North Devon as we know it. It would destroy the very characteristics that make North Devon a special place to live It is sometimes forgotten that the population of Barnstaple area

SIR - The North Devon Council's proposed Core Strategy would be the end of North Devon as we know it. It would destroy the very characteristics that make North Devon a special place to live

It is sometimes forgotten that the population of Barnstaple area alone has increased by 71 per cent since 1981. The impact of another three thousand plus houses to the south of the Taw would create total traffic gridlock

Already traffic is almost at a standstill during the morning run in the Roundswell / Bickington area despite the impact of the Downstream Bridge.

I stood alone in refusing to endorse the proposed Core Strategy even for consultation when the proposals were adopted by the council


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The proposals are lacking in imagination. The process is concentrating more on selling the North Devon Council's story rather than as a consultation exercise.

There are no real alternative options presented to the public. We would end up with wall development between Barnstaple and Instow

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It is obvious that the full impact of the Core Strategy proposals are only now being recognised by the vast majority of local people.

There has been a very angry reaction to the proposals from local residents who would be affected by the proposed massive development at Larkbear and an action group set up to oppose the development.

The Leader of the NDC himself has obviously recognised the unpopularity of Larkbear by withdrawing his support for what is a key site in their Core Strategy

There have been furious objections to the proposed wholesale development in the Yelland area. The impact of 600 houses and a proposed Industrial site at Yelland would be have a significant impact on the Estuary.

The Estuary is of international importance, and development on this scale is bound to have a damaging effect on the very sensitive ecology of the Estuary.

The realisation of the full impact of development proposals for the Roundswell / Bickington area are only now being realised by local residents, who are voicing significant objections to development proposals in their area.

The Core Strategy Proposals are no longer credible to the public and should be withdrawn to enable the NDC to rethink and produce a more imaginative and less damaging scheme to for North Devon

At the same time we must take a firmer stand against planning policies being inflicted on us by a Government more geared up for the requirements of inner cities than protecting and providing for the needs of rural areas such as ours.

Rodney Cann,

Independent Parliamentary

Candidate for

North Devon.

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