(1) Land at Larkbear, (about 31 hectares) as identified on Policies Map 1, is allocated for a comprehensive, sustainable, high quality, mixed use development that includes:
(a) approximately 820 dwellings, the size and tenure of which will be reflective of local needs;
(b) approximately 1.5 hectare of land adjoining Petroc for innovation and incubation units;
(c) a neighbourhood hub to include an additional 420 place primary school and medical centre;
(d) formal and informal open space and recreation facilities; and
(e) provision within the site for physical infrastructure, community facilities, and green infrastructure required by the development.
(2) This strategic extension 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 Barnstaple;
(b) safeguard the historic character and setting of Lake;
(c) provide a neighbourhood hub that forms a focus to meet the community’s needs, and provides complementary services and facilities rather than replacing those available elsewhere in the town;
(d) provide a new vehicular access to the boundary of Petroc and facilitate its growth as a university level resource;
(e) provide new business and employment opportunities that relate directly to Petroc to facilitate growth of higher value sectors of the northern Devon economy;
(f) 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 and recreation facilities;
(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, manages surface water runoff through water storage and sustainable drainage systems to reduce the risk of flooding around Lake and elsewhere in Barnstaple.
(3) The transport and connectivity strategy for this strategic extension will:
(a) provide a new junction on the A361 to deliver the primary vehicular access to the development and a new main vehicular access to Petroc and the adjoining innovation and incubation units;
(b) improve public transport links between Roundswell, Seven Brethren and the Town Centre;
(c) establish a permeable and connected network of footpaths and cycleways across the site that facilitate connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the proposed development, Roundswell, Seven Brethren, the town centre and the Tarka Trail, to improve opportunities for sustainable travel choices within and around Barnstaple to reduce reliance on the private motor car; and
(d) provide a foot and cycle bridge over the A361 and railway line to deliver safer pedestrian access to Seven Brethren and towards Park School.