Digging bypass route for ruins
MORE archaeological digs are to be carried out along the route of the South Devon Link Road site.
The remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman settlement and a stone-constructed medieval building were uncovered in December.
Now archaeologists will be searching the rest of the planned route of the bypass.
The work will not delay construction of the dual carriageway.
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Another medieval building has been found off Edginswell Lane. Pottery found at the site indicates that it dates to the 13th century, while the presence of extensive burnt material and debris within the interior hints that it may have been destroyed by fire around 1750 to 1800.
It is hoped the further search will uncover more around the building as well as around the Roman settlement site at Aller Cross.
Simon Hughes, of Bradninch-based AC archaeology who is leading the work, said: "We're hoping to uncover some high-quality archaeological remains."
Riverside plan given go-ahead
A CONTROVERSIAL riverside housing development is to go ahead after developers Linden Homes won a planning appeal.
Decisions by planning inspectors are final.
The Newton Abbot-based builder was twice turned down for its 100-home and care home scheme in Bridgetown, Totnes.
But planning inspector Neil Pope has overturned South Hams District Council's original 'no'. In a report, he said: "The appeal is allowed and outline planning permission is granted."
Tom Maughan, of the Bridgetown Alliance, insisted residents had always supported the 100 new homes, including 11 affordable units, a 60-unit care home and some light industrial office space on land opposite the Baltic Wharf development.
He said: "The planning inspector ignored every comment made by the community. It's as though we never existed. It's very sad."
Mr Maughan said: "Linden Homes could wait for years for the price of the land to go up. This appeal has now made this piece of land very valuable."
In his report, Mr Pope said the benefits outweigh community concerns.
Local residents and councillors were opposed to a proposed access road through the adjacent field.
Mr Pope added: "This new access road would amount to a very modest extension of the urban area of Bridgetown. It would not harm any distinctive or key landscape features. Its impact would be further limited as a consequence of not having street lighting."
A Linden Homes spokesman said the company was committed to the development.