Devon village group forms to protest against homes plan

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A campaign group has been formed by residents of a Devon village over concerns that new homes will swamp the village.

Willand Action On Village Expansion (Wave) says that the village's current amenities could not serve a bigger population.

Five possible sites for about 350 homes have been identified by the council.

Mid Devon District Council said it had to make a new local plan and find sites for future housing.

Jeremy Riches, of Wave, said the infrastructure was just not there to cope with the extra homes.

He said: "We have a village school which is over subscribed by 50 pupils with no room to extend the school.

"We have a doctor's surgery which is an end-of-terrace house, a youth club full to capacity and a pre-school full to capacity."

The population of Willand has more than doubled since the 1980s, with the 2001 census putting the population at about 3,500.

In a statement the council said: "Five sites have been put forward for Willand but no decisions have been made. The draft local plan will be made public in September and anyone will be able to comment then."

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