A ban on buildings in Westward Ho! of more than two storeys was agreed by Torridge District Council development and leisure services committee on Monday.
Before them was an application by Mr F J Wilkey for 10 bungalows and five three-storey blocks of flats on the northern side of Golf Links Road, near the cricket ground. Cllr Mrs E M Hilder considered the council should try to buy the site, and Cllr J C Seward contended that no such development should be considered until a study had been made of the whole area.
Replying to a comment by the chairman, Cllr W J Cann, Cllr Mrs Hilder said that flats now erected at Link House looked shocking – “like a prison”. The chief technical officer, Mr Clive Barber, recalled that the Link House development had gone to appeal and the Minister upheld flats of 25ft to 30ft in height. The flats now being erected were abysmal and it would be terrible to have more towards the Burrows declared Cllr Michael Goss. They were not wholly out of keeping with the area, suggested Cllr Joe Need, quoting Eastbourne Terrace.Some people had already been deprived of their view, said Cllr F J G Dell.
Full Gazette article dated 10 May 1974