Wall Park Update

THE Brixham Chamber of Commerce has expressed its strong objections to a proposed housing development on the former Pontin’s holiday park site in the port.

Developers Northern Trust have returned with a new proposal for the now derelict site in Wall Park Road.

The company had an outline application to build 231 homes and 14 tourist chalets turned down two years ago.

Last October, planning inspector Andrew Pykett also refused the company’s appeal against Torbay Council’s refusal for planning permission.

However, the company presented its revised plans for the site during a recent public open day.

Northern Trust bosses said the new plans would turn the headland into a ‘hamlet of high quality housing which will add value to the area’ with fewer houses, no care home and two new sport pitches.

John Winstanley, land development surveyor with Northern Trust, said the project would provide new sports facilities, a high quality touring caravan and camping site with facilities including a cafe and extensive recreational opportunities as well as a much enhanced leisure offer for the town.

But the Chamber of Trade has come out against the plans saying it was not much better than what was previously refused two years ago.

Vice-chairman Keith Williams said members did not ‘feel the plans have improved’.

He claimed: “This does not address the problems laid down in the last planning application.

“Northern Trust reduced the number of houses but there are no plans in place for who will be in charge of the green spaces on site.

“If it remains un-addressed then they could apply to put more houses in.

“The last time their application was turned down we made it clear what Brixham needs more than houses is employment.

“Wall Park is the last area we have for that. Luxury homes don’t attract jobs.

“Northern Trust has promised better facilities and better homes, but it’s just what they were offering last time round. There is no real offer for job creation and boosting Brixham’s economy.”

Mr Williams said the plans would also put ‘unbearable’ pressure on an already inadequate single road system as well as have an impact on the nearby area of outstanding natural beauty.

He said: “This is not looking at the long term prosperity of Brixham.

“If this were presented to the planning committee as it is we would very much object to it.”