Pilton application approved following new design

Plan of the site. Provided by Framptons Planning

Posted on: 21 November 2016

A planning application for new homes in Pilton has been approved with a new design following suggestions by councillors.

At a meeting of North Devon Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday (16 November) members voted in favour of the officer recommendation to approve the outline application for the amended scheme. The new scheme allows for up to 30 homes instead of 43 on the site on land off Westaway Plain.

This is the third time the application has been presented to the committee. It was originally deferred at the August committee meeting to allow for a site visit. It was deferred again at the September meeting so that the applicant could put forward an amended application providing less homes arranged on further North on the site.

Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Eric Ley, says: “The site in question is one of the most unusual in terms of topography to come forward for development. A site visit by committee members in September highlighted the need for an amended scheme to reduce housing numbers, remove development completely from the more elevated land, provide additional public open space and increase the distance away from existing dwellings in Youings Drive. To their credit, the developers responded positively to the committee’s resolution, resulting in today’s approval.”

Local ward member for Pilton, Councillor Mair Manuel, says: “I’m disappointed that the application has been approved. The current infrasture is not sufficiently robust to support any of the applications that have been brought forward and approved in the Pilton ward. This approval only adds to the problem. The loss of additional grade three agricultural land is regrettable.”

Full details of the application (61067) can be viewed on the council website, as well as all other applications for the district.

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