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Policy FRE: Fremington and Yelland Spatial Vision and Development Strategy

Area specific policy, Local Plan, North Devon, North Devon and Torridge Local Plan, Torridge, Uncategorized

The Spatial Vision

Housing and employment growth at Fremington/Yelland will promote greater self-sufficiency with increased support and improved access to community facilities for the village to strengthen its community identity whilst retaining its character and distinct separation from Barnstaple/Bickington.

New development will deliver a mix of high quality, sustainable family and affordable housing integrated with employment opportunities and key community infrastructure that is designed to reflect the character of the village with improved footpath and cycle links to the Tarka Trail and Local Nature Reserves.

Community driven regeneration of the former Yelland Power Station site will facilitate a mixed use redevelopment including housing and employment opportunities with associated social, community, green and blue infrastructure through high quality design that will capitalise on the site’s coastal setting within the Taw-Torridge estuary.

Fremington/Yelland will become a healthier and more accessible village with a greater sense of self-sufficiency providing for the needs of all including an enhanced network of public footpaths, cycleways and bridleways, superfast broadband and improved connectivity to Barnstaple, the A39 Atlantic Highway and Roundswell Business Park. Opportunities to promote Fremington and Yelland Quays as tourist destinations will be developed.

Increased partnership working will deliver key services and facilities including through the community and voluntary sectors. The community will be empowered to make the most of its talents and leadership to deliver the vision.

The Spatial Development Strategy

Over the period to 2031, the Local Plan will enable growth of high quality development supported by necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of Fremington and Yelland. The spatial vision for Fremington and Yelland will be delivered through:

(a) provision of a minimum of 426 dwellings, including affordable homes, to meet the range of the communities’ housing needs, with associated development and infrastructure on a continuous basis during the Plan period between 2011 and 2031;

(b) the re-development of Fremington Army Camp (as a contribution towards the provision of new dwellings) for approximately 277 new family dwellings and community facilities supported by required physical, social and green infrastructure;

(c) the regeneration and re-development of Yelland Quay (as a contribution towards the provision of new dwellings) to deliver a high quality mixed-use development for approximately 250 dwellings, economic uses including opportunities for utilising the existing jetty and quay to provide supporting services and facilitate local supply chains;

(d) enhancement of the environmental green buffer and protection of the open landscape character between Fremington, Yelland and the Taw-Torridge estuary in order to support local green infrastructure and biodiversity networks including protection of bird roosting areas adjoining the Site of Special Scientific Interest with improved access to the Tarka Trail;

(e) provision of additional water storage areas within development sites compared to normal Sustainable Drainage System design in recognition that parts of Fremington and Yelland are within a Critical Drainage Area;

(f) provision of superfast broadband connections;

(g) support for initiatives that provide opportunities for new leisure and recreation facilities;

(h) improved connectivity to Barnstaple through traffic management measures at Bickington and Cedars roundabout;

(i) protection of the open land between Fremington and Bickington to help to maintain their separate identities;

(j) delivery of economic growth through capitalising on enhanced levels of assistance offered by the Assisted Areas status;

(k) social and community facilities required to support new development including  additional formal and informal open space, enhancement of the existing Fremington Medical Centre and education provision through the expansion of the existing primary and secondary schools and contributions towards new primary education and early years provision; and

(l) support for initiatives to improve and mitigate against any harm to water quality in the estuary.

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