Planning Committee checks out Ilfracombe

View of Ilfracombe

Posted on: 3 December 2015

The Planning Committee at North Devon Council has been checking out development sites in Ilfracombe.

Last Thursday (26 November) members of the committee went on a tour of some of the key development sites in the town, with council planning officers and members of the Ilfracombe Development Sites Group.

The tour allowed committee members to familiarise themselves with a number of sites that the Development Sites Group has taken an interest in, as well as look at some of the recent successful projects in the town.

Some of the sites included:

  • the Lantern Court complex on the former Cliff Hydro Hotel site
  • Ropery Car Park
  • the Berkeley Hotel
  • the Golden Coast Amusement site
  • the Admiral Collingwood, Wetherspoons pub

Chair of the council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Eric Ley, says: “The visit to Ilfracombe was very beneficial for the committee. It is always good to go out and see some success stories, as well as look at some of the sites that should be seen as priority to bring them back into use.”

Executive Member for Strategic Planning and member of the Planning Committee, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “It is important that we do everything we can to encourage and assist planned development across the district. Visits like today help us stay up to speed with developments and allow us to think about how we can apply best practice from some of the success stories to other sites.”

Chairman of the Ilfracombe Development Sites Group and member of Ilfracombe Town Council, Rod Donovan, says: “It was good to be able to show the planning committee the progress that the town is making in attracting private investment. It was also beneficial to show them the areas of the town where we still have problems, so that they can be realistic and supportive when considering future proposals for these areas.”

Whilst in the town, committee members made a site inspection for a residential development of 51 dwellings at The Shields (application number 57699). This application is due to be considered by the committee in December.

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