Fremington army camp planning appeal date set
A planning inquiry into controversial plans for 277 homes on the former Fremington army camp site will begin on April 16.
The application for Fremington Army Camp was refused by North Devon Council's Planning Committee on 5 December 2012.
This was on the grounds of the restricted width of the Military Road access, lack of a secondary access, inadequate pavement width and the adverse impact the proposed access arrangements would have on the Fremington conservation area.
Developers Fremington Developments LLP have now had their appeal validated by the Planning Inspectorate and the case will go to a public inquiry.
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Chair of Planning, Councillor Eric Ley, said: "We are disappointed the developer has decided to take this action.
"Councillors thoroughly considered all aspects of the proposed development before reaching a robust decision to refuse the application.
"However, it will now be down to the Planning Inspectorate to finally decide on the future of the development and the impact on the community."
Local ward member, Councillor Frank Biederman, said: "The developer's agent made it clear before members reached their decision that if the council refused the application, they would appeal against the decision.
"Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the case is going to a public inquiry.
"As well as going against the members' refusal, it also goes against the strong concerns of local people, who are opposed to the proposal as it stands.
"They again will have their chance to express those concerns at the inquiry."
Rodney Cann, the County Councillor for the area, said he sees the issues which will be debated at appeal as fairly straightforward.
“It’s simple,” he said, “the issues are highways, highways and highways.
“There’s very little resistance to development on the site but what is needed is a safe access to the site.”
The public inquiry is expected to last for four days between 16 and 19 April and will be held in the Council Chamber of the Civic Centre in Barnstaple.
People can view the related documents online, as well as share their comments.
This can be done directly through the Planning Inspectorate by clicking here.
The deadline to make comments is Wednesday 27 February.