Homes should get green light
THE first phase of a housing development in Paignton is set to be approved by Torbay planners.
Developers want to build the first 56 of 220 homes on the Yannons Farm site, off Brixham Road.
The application site is part of a wider area of open land granted outline planning permission in 2010 for a mixed use development. When complete the development would have 220 homes, 5,600sq metres of employment floorspace, local centre and public open space with roads and car parking facilities.
Planning officer John Burton, in his report to the planning committee, said developers Cavanna Group intend to build the scheme in phases for which detailed permissions and applications for 'Matters Reserved' need to be obtained.
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'Resign' call from MP
A SOUTH Devon GP-turned-MP has added her voice to growing calls for the NHS boss Sir David Nicholson to quit over his role in the Stafford Hospital scandal.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, said it was 'inconceivable' Sir David could continue to lead the health service following the publication of the Francis Report into serious failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where up to 1,200 people may have died needlessly.
Dr Wollaston was among those to grill the NHS chief executive when he appeared before the Commons Health Select Committee.
Arrows return to regatta
THE Red Arrows will be thrilling the August holiday crowds for their silver anniversary flight over Torquay.
It will be the 25th year the world famous team have displayed their aerobatic skills over the seafront.
And it comes in the year Royal Torbay Regatta is celebrating its 200th anniversary.
David Selley, chairman of the regatta committee, said: "Once again we are delighted and privileged to host the Red Arrows in Torquay on Wednesday, August 28. They are always the finale to the regatta and this will be their 25th year in Torquay. It is fitting that in this historic year the Arrows are here to celebrate with us."
Britpop band in town
NINETIES Britpop band Dodgy play at the Jolly Farmer in Newton Abbot on Saturday night.
The band's biggest hit was their 1996 Top Five song Good Enough. Tickets are available from the pub.