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SITE INSPECTION, Planning Committee - Wednesday, 8th November, 2023 1.00 pm

Venue: Onsite as per officer report.

Contact: Corporate and Community Services  01271 388253

Note: Members of the Public are only allowed on the site with the permission of the owner. As this is a formal meeting, we ask that Members of the Public do not approach the Committee Members or Officers for the duration of the site visit. Please note that a full presentation and consideration of the planning issues will be made when the matter is determined at a future Planning Committee. If you have any questions please contact Corporate and Community Services on 01271 388253 or email 

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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bulled, Crabb, Leaver, Maddocks, Prowse, Spear and Whitehead.


Declaration of Interests

Please telephone the Corporate and Community Services team to prepare a form for your signature before the meeting. Interests must be re-declared when the item is called. A declaration of interest under the Code of Conduct will be a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, an Other Registrable Interest or a Non-Registrable Interest.  If the item directly relates to your interest you must declare the interest and leave the room for the item, save in the case of Other Registrable Interests or Non-Registrable Interests where you may first speak on the item as a member of the public if provision has been made for the public to speak.  If the matter does not directly relate to your interest but still affects it then you must consider whether you are affected to a greater extent than most people and whether a reasonable person would consider your judgement to be clouded, if you are then you must leave the room for the item (although you may speak as a member of the public if provision has been made for the public to speak) or, if you are not, then you can declare the interest but still take part).



There were no declarations of interest announced.



76293: Land South of A39 Brynsworthy, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3QQ pdf icon PDF 839 KB

Outline application for up to 450 dwellings including access (appearance, landscaping, layout & scale reserved) - EIA development (Further information as requested by Regulation 25 of The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017). Report by Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications)(attached).



Also present:


Councillor Graham Bell (NDC) Lead for Housing

Councillor Jim Bell (Fremington Parish Council)

Councillor Rhys Jones (Fremington Parish Council).


The Committee received the following statement from the Corporate and Community Services Officer:


Any observations which are made during the course of this site visit by Members of the Planning Committee are limited to those issues identified by the Planning Committee of North Devon District Council.


Such observations are made after viewing the site and on the basis of the limited information available on site.


Any such observations are, nor should they be taken as an indication that the application is acceptable or unacceptable. A full presentation and consideration of all the planning issues will be made when the matter was determined by the Planning Committee.


The Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications) addressed the committee and provided them with a paper copy of the location plan. She then advised of the following:


·         The site visit had started at the South of the site. She showed those present their current location, and the location of the DCC Transfer Station, on the location plan.

·         The committee continued down the hill towards the north of the site where they were shown the northern-most boundary of the site (towards the A39) and the direction of the narrowest part of the site which would lead through to the second section of land (to the north east).

·         There was a Tree Protection Order (TPO) in place on the woodland area where the proposed access would be sited off the A39

·         The development would be housing-led although there had been mention of the provision of a community building but no specific details were known.

·         The locations Flood-zones 2 and 3 were identified as being at the site entrance and existing water courses running northwards.

·         There would be biodiversity net gain on the site as there were many areas set aside on the site.

·         The nearest primary school would be Tews Lane (across the A39)

·         The nearest employment/industrial area would be along the A39 towards Barnstaple by the DCC development near Node CoWork.

·         There would be a junction from the site to the A39 at the north boundary. There would be pedestrian access to the other side of the A39 to join with the Redrow development and the school.


In response to questions, the Committee were advised:


·         The pedestrian access would not link with the existing pedestrian bridge across the A39 as there was private land between the two locations.

·         DCC had stated that the crossing was technically acceptable across the A39 although a roundabout would have been preferred.

·         It was unknown whether there would be space set aside for a future roundabout although it was noted that the development was less dense in that area near the site access.


RESOLVED that it being 13.20 p.m. the meeting be adjourned to enable the Committee to return to the Barum Room at BEC break and reconvene at 13.35 p.m.


RESOLVED, that it being 13.35 p.m. the meeting be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48.