Affordable housing plans 'nonsense' says councillor
PLANS for a controversial housing development in Ilfracombe will be discussed by a specialist housing group next month.
Members of the Ilfracombe Affordable Housing Project Board (IAHPB) hope a development at the Bicclescombe Nursery site at Doone Way will help alleviate the town's dire affordable housing shortage.
However, one councillor says he will continue to oppose the plans which he described as nonsense.
Earlier this year the Journal reported that there was a 15 year waiting list for affordable housing in Ilfracombe.
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North Devon Council formed the IAHPB, led by councillors Faye Webber, Geoff Fowler and Philip Webb, to tackle the problem.
The group's plans to build up to eight affordable houses on Greenways playing field were ditched in September after more than 800 residents signed a petition against the proposals.
The board is now focusing its efforts on the council owned Bicclescombe Nursery site.
The land has planning permission for 15 houses, of which at least four will be affordable.
Councillor Philip Webb said there were two options for the site.
He said: "We could either put the site up for sale to a private developer or we could work in partnership with a developer or social housing provider.
"There is still around £200,000 in section 106 money from the Lantern Court development so it could be that we put some of this forward to help deliver the project.
"However, this is a decision which would have to be made by the council's executive committee." But Councillor Geoff Fowler, who is also a member of the IAHPB and represents the west ward on North Devon Council, said the plans were nonsense and vowed to oppose them.
He said: "I'm not happy about these plans.
"The access to the site isn't conducive to that number of dwellings.
"Furze Hill Road is already congested and this will add an extra 100 car movements each day.
"The whole area is one of the biggest cul-de-sacs in the south west.
"I shall continue to oppose these plans, they are nonsense."
Councillor Philip Webb said he understood concerns with the location.
He said: "In an ideal world we wouldn't build at the nursery site.
"It's a narrow road which is in an appalling condition and there are always cars parked on either side.
"However, there are virtually no other options and the need for affordable housing is imperative."
The IAHPB is due to meet in December to discuss options for the site.