High Bullen application approved

Posted on: 11 December 2015

An application for new holiday lodges and a hotel extension in High Bullen has been approved by North Devon Council.

The outline application for 58 holiday lodges and a 16 bed extension to the High Bullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club, went to North Devon Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday (9 December 2015). It also includes highway improvements to Newlands Hill, including additional passing places and signage.

This application is an amendment to an earlier application for 94 holiday lodges and highway improvements to Longwells Cross.

Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Eric Ley, says: “The application was given a good hearing by the committee, with representations from both sides. The main area of concern being around highways. We have previously refused applications solely on highways grounds. However, since the NPPF came in, experience has shown this doesn’t always stand up on appeal, with the Planning Inspectorate giving significant weight to the opinion of the Highways Authority, with fewer appeals dismissed on highways grounds. With this in mind, the decision of the committee in this instance was unanimous for approval.”

Local ward member for Chittlehampton, Councillor Walter White, says: “Although this application is for less lodges than before, fewer lodges again in this application would have been more acceptable to me. I have my concerns about traffic with the additional consents, which are already on the site.”

Following approval of an outline planning application, a ‘reserved matters’ application containing full details of the planned development must be made within three years of the consent, unless otherwise stated.

Full details of the outline application (58603) can be found on the council website.

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