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Revised application is one of council's biggest

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

PLAN: A view of the marina frontage in the proposed Knapp House development.    Picture: Tetlow King Ltd

PLAN: A view of the marina frontage in the proposed Knapp House development. Picture: Tetlow King Ltd

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A REVISED application for a marina development in Northam has been submitted to Torridge District Council – and it will be one of the biggest applications the council has ever had to deal with.

Developers LTPH Properties have submitted the new application for the site at Knapp House off Churchill Way.

The first application was submitted by LTPH properties in 2009. This was refused by the district council's plans committee earlier this year.

The previous application included a new marina, hotel, 295 dwellings, a care home or dementia units, a medical centre, 80 holiday dwellings, play areas, retail units, community centre, a food store, and new primary school.

The new application has increased the number of homes proposed to 300, including 20 affordable homes. It also states new access which will affect a public right of way will be required, and plans for a new primary school have been dropped.

Any development proposed for the site in recent years has proved to be highly contentious and has divided opinion.

The previous application led to 700 comments being left on Torridge District Council's planning website.

Some believe it would bring business into the area and boost the tourism industry, while others feel the development would spoil the landscape and would never be feasible.

Torridge District Council leader Philip Collins said: "Torridge is open for business and we welcome good quality sound planning applications that can bring benefits to local people and to the area.

"Any kind of proposal for a new development inevitably brings with it supporters and objectors, that is the nature of planning. This application will be subject to the usual scrutiny, public consultations and planning processes that are followed with every planning application submitted."

The Mayor of Northam, Councillor Barry Mason, said: "We wait to see the outcome of the application, but Northam Town Council certainly refuses it for many, many reasons and we have sent that recommendation to the district council.

"People from the local community have voiced their opinion on this application quite profusely, and many people object.

"It looks as though little in this application has been altered, and our stance as a council remains very much the same."

The application is now pending consideration from Torridge District Council's planning inspectorate.

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  • Pravda  |  December 27 2013, 7:57PM

    Wow! 20 affordable homes out of 300 odd! What generosity towards those struggling to find somewhere they can afford to buy (not!) ... and as for siting a dementia care unit on the riverside, another giant plus there too (again not!) When will developers take their sights off land that isn't sufficiently served by highways and 'get real' and accept it is of no conceivable benefit to the locality at present? Still, I'm sure it's paid for the planners to enjoy a few slap up lunches.

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