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Policy SM01: South Molton Strategic Western Extension

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

(1) Land to the west of South Molton (about 42 hectares), as identified on Policies Map 9, will be developed comprehensively to deliver a sustainable, high quality, mixed use development that includes:

(a) approximately 890 dwellings, the size and tenure of which will be reflective of local needs;

(b) formal and informal recreation facilities;

(c) a new distributor road between North Road, Nadder Lane, the B3226 and Alswear Old Road;

(d) a new primary school, early years’ provision and a children’s centre delivery base; and

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

(2) The residential development will be delivered as follows:

(a) area 1 (north of Gunswell Lane) for approximately 250 dwellings including the historic setting of the listed buildings at Quince Honey Farm being safeguarded.

(b) area 2 (between Gunswell Lane and Nadder Lane) for approximately 160 dwellings.

(c) area 3 (south of Nadder Lane) for approximately 310 dwellings including pedestrian and cycle links into the adjoining developments of Nadder Meadow and Parklands.

(d) area 4 (west of Exeter Gate and George Nympton Road) for approximately 170 dwellings including:

(i) a new 420 place primary school, early years’ provision and a children’s centre delivery base to the west of Exeter Gate and south of the B3226; and

(ii) pedestrian and cycle links from the primary school to the adjoining development off Alswear Old Road and the new sports hub (SM02).

(3) The site 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 South Molton;

(b) integrate new development within the existing landscape setting of the town and provide an appropriate transitional boundary with the adjoining countryside to the north, south and west;

(c) 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 recreation facilities;

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

(e) provide a sustainable water strategy that reduces water usage, incorporates sustainable drainage systems and does not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere in the town or downstream;

(f) connect to a new foul sewage treatment works at Ford Farm if required; and

(g) provide social and community facilities required to support new development including contributions towards the expansion of South Molton Medical Centre.

(4) The transport and connectivity strategy for the western extension of South Molton will:

(a) provide a new distributor road between North Road and Alswear Old Road;

(b) establish a permeable and connected network of streets, footpaths and cycleways across the site that connect to adjoining parts of the town and Pathfields Business Park;

(c) facilitate connections for motor vehicles, cycles and pedestrians between the proposed development, the town centre and Pathfields Business Park including increased opportunities for public transport links and sustainable travel choices within and around South Molton to reduce reliance on the private motor car;

(d) contribute towards an orbital footpath and bridleway route around the town; and

(e) ensure there is no direct vehicular access eastwards on to Gunswell Lane. 

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