Decision due on Larkbear development
CONTROVERSIAL plans for up to 820 homes on the outskirts of Barnstaple will be considered.
Councillors are expected to determine the outline planning application for Larkbear, between Sticklepath and Lake, at a special meeting of North Devon Council's Planning Committee.
The decision will follow a final site visit by members of the committee this morning.
However, Peter Heaton-Jones, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon, has called for the decision to be deferred after raising a number of concerns with the decision making process.
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He said: "This is one of the biggest housing developments around Barnstaple for years, yet councillors are being asked to approve it when there are still many unanswered questions. It would be wrong to look at Larkbear in isolation. The effect on traffic and on local services, as well as the need for employment, deserves much more consideration in my view."
The plans have generated widespread opposition, with the Larkbear Action Group, which counts hundreds of local residents among its members, leading the charge against the development.
Mr Heaton-Jones, who recently met with leaders of the group, said it was crucial that local views were taken into account.
He said: "I'm not saying a blanket 'no' to this development, because we do need more homes. But as it stands, the concerns of many local residents simply haven't been addressed.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1pm in Barnstaple Civic Centre's Council Chamber.