The case against...
In common with over 600 people who have written to object to the Torridge Marina Village planning application, I am horrified that the development would:
l Concrete over a green estuary site protected from development within the Coastal Protection Area and UNESCO Biosphere.
l Destroy marshland and other habitats supporting a wealth of wildlife, including barn owls and dormice, which are protected species.
l Create an unviable marina, inaccessible for much of the year due to length and times of the tides, located on a dangerous estuary and too expensive for boat owners.
l Congest local roads with over 1,000 extra vehicle movements a day, causing misery to local residents from tailbacks and the use of side roads as rat-runs.
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l Present a very real threat to 400 skilled jobs at Babcock’s shipyard in Appledore if there are complaints from new neighbours about industrial noise.
l Lead to a loss of jobs in tourism due to destruction of the landscape and impact on the character of villages which visitors come to see.
- 1 'No Fuel' - Panic buying and fuel shortages hit North Devon
- 2 £34,000 raised for plumber Jed Mason with stage four cancer in less than 48 hours
- 3 One of Bideford's oldest tea rooms sold at auction
- 4 Clubber denies headbutt assault in Barnstaple
- 5 Brunswick Wharf developer given grant money to fix quay wall
- 6 New details on Barnstaple town centre regeneration revealed
- 7 Barnstaple dealer says £3,100 stash in loft was poor quality
- 8 Opening of new nature reserve in Lynton
- 9 Celebrations as gate to Pilton's Manning's Pit officially opened
- 10 Homeless man jailed after attacking Barnstaple soldier in McDonald's
l Impose the hell of seven years’ construction period on residents.
I urge those people who share my concerns to attend the planning committee meeting at 9.30am tomorrow (Thursday) at Bideford Town Hall, when the application will be considered.