South Molton residents have their say over local plan
A consultation meeting held in South Molton yesterday saw dozens of residents turn out to give their opinions over the town's draft local plan.
The plan, drawn up between both Torridge and North Devon district councils, details major developments likely to happen within the region between now and 2031.
The key areas touched on for South Molton include the provision of 1,100 extra houses, a new food store, a sports hub and the relocation of the town's cattle market.
But not everyone was convinced the plan was the best way forward for the town.
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Julie and David Kingdon, who live in Hadder Meadow to the west of South Molton, moved to the area in March 2012.
They say plans to provide 250 homes to the west of North Road, near their house, will convince them to move back out of the town.
"We moved here for the views," said Julie. "But if these houses go ahead they will be right in our back garden. We were never told of these plans when we were buying our house."
Others commented on the possibility of Tesco building a supermarket on the land it owns at Norrington Yard.
Many believe another food store, in addition to Sainsbury's, will have a detrimental effect on the town's local shops.
Virginia Hobart, of South Molton, said: "I see no need for one now with our markets and shops.
"This is so rare and so precious what we have in our town. A town centre supermarket would threaten all the local traders.
"I can get everything I need in South Molton by supporting the local stores in the town."
People can still have their say over the local plan until the consultation period ends on March 15. For more information visit www.northdevon.gov.uk.