Campaigners voice concerns at council meeting
A CAMPAIGN group with more than 300 members is still concerned about a development for 800 homes in Barnstaple.
The Larkbear Action Group was due to raise its concerns by asking two questions at a meeting of North Devon Council last night.
Speaking to the Journal before the meeting, group chairman Don Pratt said: "We aren't convinced there is the need for these houses. We do not think there is the economic argument for it. Where are the jobs?
"We also don't feel the houses are going to be within the right price range for a lot of people."
Group member Stuart Watson-Davies said the houses are likely to create more problems.
"We recognise the need for housing, but not at these levels," he said.
"They are not accurate for the demographic, they have just gone with a figure."
An increase in traffic was also a concern for the group, as well as maintaining North Devon's character. "The bottom line is what sort of North Devon do we want?" said Mr Pratt.
"Do we want one with a large urban core or do we want to try and preserve the unique character of North Devon?"
The group proposed to ask two questions at a full meeting of North Devon Council last night relating to the size of proposed houses and managing the effects they may have on infrastructure.
Mr Pratt said: "There are six or seven groups like us all saying the same thing and there has got to be a significant council response to this."
Visit www.northdevonjourn al.co.uk to see the response to the group's questions last night.