Species of trees have been put forward as road names for a new development in Budleigh Salterton.
The town council settled on native trees when members were tasked by the district council to choose three new road names for the Evans Field development, on land south of the B3178.
The road names put forward for consideration were Sycamore Drive, Rowan Way and Chestnut Avenue.
Budleigh town councillors were told new names were needed because of changes made to roads running through the development, which could result in future building of homes on adjoining land.
Jo Vanstone, Budleigh Salterton Town Council clerk, said new names were needed because highway changes had been made since the original planning stage, to include a through-road.
She said: “The original stage of planning was not a through-road. It was closed off.
“Since the development has been re-jigged it’s now a through road and it can’t be called the same as the original road.
“If the three houses that are there are a separate road name then there’s potential for a new development.”
“There’s potential for further development in the field next door and that would mean having to rename and number these houses to get a new road in.”
If agreed, Sycamore Drive would be the main route into the development; Rowan Way (shown in blue on the site layout) currently has plots 22-24.
Chestnut Avenue is shown on the plan in red, running through the development.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) said: “The new design has meant we can keep Evans Field for the white road and potentially continue the road should further development ever occur.
“We realise the blue road only contains plots 22-24 at the moment, however, experience has shown us that it might be worth coming up with a new name at this stage rather than number them into the red road in case further development occurs, which would be very difficult to add in to the numbering if it was done as one.”
Species of birds and wildflowers were floated before Budleigh councillors opted for native trees.
The district council said street names, where possible, should reflect the history or geography of the site or area.
Evans Field, between the B3178 and Hooker Close, belonged to Dr David Evans, a GP in the town for 30 years.