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Policy ILF01: Ilfracombe Strategic Southern Extension

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

(1) Land to the south of Ilfracombe, (about 63 hectares) as identified on Policies Map 7, will deliver a sustainable, high quality, mixed use development that includes:

(a) approximately 875 dwellings over two separate sites, the size and tenure of which will be reflective of local needs;

(i) approximately 750 dwellings on land at Channel, Winsham and Bowden Farms; and

(ii) approximately 125 dwellings on land off Worth Road (Worth Meadows).

(b) approximately 1 hectare of land for economic development;

(c) a neighbourhood hub to include an additional 420 place primary school, medical facility and extra care housing scheme of approximately 50 bedspaces; 

(d) formal and informal sport and recreation facilities; and

(e) provision within the sites for physical infrastructure, community facilities, and green infrastructure required by the development.

(2) The sites will be developed in a comprehensive manner to deliver the following site specific development principles:

(a) create a distinctive, safe, sustainable, high quality urban extension and new neighbourhood for Ilfracombe;

(b) integrate new development within the existing landscape setting of the town enhancing its character, minimising impacts on the adjoining North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and safeguarding the dark night skies over Exmoor National Park;

(c) provide an appropriate transitional boundary between the development and adjacent countryside;

(d) provide a neighbourhood hub that forms a focus to meet the community’s needs, establishes a new ‘gateway’ into Ilfracombe and makes provision for new space for business opportunities as well as complementary services and facilities rather than replacing those available elsewhere, particularly in the town centre;

(e) enhance and make connections to the existing network of local and strategic green infrastructure through and around the site including the provision of new footpaths, cycleways, public open spaces, wildlife corridors, formal and informal sport and recreation facilities;

(f) safeguard land immediately to the south of the cemetery for a future extension to the existing burial ground;

(g) provide a mix of house types, tenures and sizes of open market and affordable homes contributing towards the identified local needs; and

(h) provide a sustainable water strategy that reduces water usage, incorporates additional water storage areas compared to normal sustainable drainage systems and does not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere in the town.

(3) The transport and connectivity strategy for the southern extension, as supported by the Ilfracombe Transport Master Plan will:

(a) establish a permeable and connected network of streets, footpaths and cycleways across the site that connect to and safeguard future linkages to adjoining parts of the town;

(b) facilitate connections for motor vehicles, cycles and pedestrians between the proposed development, the town centre and key employment areas including increased opportunities for public transport links and sustainable travel choices within and around Ilfracombe to reduce reliance on the private motor car; and

(c) contribute towards improving strategic access into Ilfracombe along New and Old Barnstaple Roads.

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