Concern about access with care home and housing plan


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Plans for a major care home and housing development in Budleigh have been resubmitted by developers - but face opposition from highways chiefs.

Badger Homes is proposing to build a 60-bed care home, 30 houses, seven bungalows, 12 retirement apartments and two home work units on a site between Barn Lane and the B3178.

A similar scheme was initially put forward last year, but this was then withdrawn by the applicants.

It had received local opposition, including from Budleigh Salterton Town Council, with particular concerns about access on to the busy B3178, which has a 60mph speed limit.

The applicants said at the time of withdrawal that they would be carrying out more research, which had been requested by the local authority, before reapplying.

The town council will again be consulted, before East Devon District Council rules on planning permission.

However, Devon County Highways has already objected, saying it has concerns about the number of extra car journeys it would create, and the access arrangements for pedestrians and cyclists between the site and the town centre.