Transport links and shops need as Tiverton expands
THE potential impact of the creation of between 1,500 to 2,000 new homes in Tiverton and the creation of an additional 95,000 to 130,000 sq ft of employment land over the next decade was discussed by town councilors last week.
A proposed urban extension to the East of Tiverton is an adopted part of the Mid Devon local plan to cater for future development of the town.
Last week's members of Tiverton Town Council had a chance to have input into an impact assessment into the scheme.
Councillors heard the latest assessment from the local education authority was that there would not be a need for an additional secondary school to accommodate the increase in population.
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Councillor Elaine Trump said if this were to remain the case, there would be a need for better transport links from the new development to existing schools.
The council said there were also concerns about how the local doctor's surgeries will cope with the additional population.
Other social-economic effects which were discussed by the council included retail requirements and the need for places of worship.
Councillor Wally Burke said there was not a need for any more churches as he felt there were already enough places of worship in the town.
Cllr Burke wanted to see shopping infrastructure included for those on the new development. He explained: "I would like to see at least four shops provided, but not supermarkets."
Mid Devon's District Council's policy for delivering development in the next decade received a set-back last week when a planning inspector ruled that the council should more than half the amount it can ask developers to pay towards proposed infrastructure benefits.
The council wanted to charge £90 per sqm on residential development as part of the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) but inspector David Hogger recommended the figure be adjusted downwards to £40 per sqm.
In reaching his decision the inspector said: "The rate proposed for residential development does not reflect the council's target for the provision of affordable housing and because the rate is set too high, there is a serious risk to affordable housing provision."