Plans to transform former Halse of Honiton site into new 32-home development

PUBLISHED: 17:20 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 26 October 2017

An artist's impression of the proposed 32-home development at Foundry Yard, Honiton.

An artist's impression of the proposed 32-home development at Foundry Yard, Honiton.

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Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has submitted an application to build the new homes at Foundry Yard in Honiton.

Plans have been revealed to transform a brownfield site in Honiton into a 32-home development.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has submitted an application to build the new homes at Foundry Yard, recently vacated by company Halse of Honiton, which moved to Ottery St Mary.

The proposed scheme details the demolition of existing industrial buildings on the site to create the development, which will comprise a mix of two-bed homes and apartments.

Of the homes, ten (30 per cent) will be affordable.

In its application, HCA said: “The proposed development of the site creates an opportunity to provide a high quality residential development that integrates well with adjacent areas of Honiton.

“The development will be sustainable, providing much needed open market and affordable homes in a town centre location, with good connectivity.”

HCA says the design of the development’s streets and spaces will ‘promote community interaction’, as well as having the ‘potential to increase biodiversity’ through ‘pocket spaces, native planting and wildflower verges’.

The application added: “Streets within the development have been designed to create distinctive attractive places that reflect the local character and sense of place of Honiton and prioritise pedestrians over vehicles.”

The proposed development will be served by 59 parking spaces, offered in the shape of 12 on-plot spaces, 10 allocated on-street spaces, 27 spaces within parking courts and 10 ‘informal’, on-street visitor spaces.

The plans also detail a community space in the heart of the development, which will be a ‘main focal point’ and offer residents and visitors space to sit and enjoy the outdoors.

Farming machinery supplier Halse of Hontion left Foundry Yard earlier this year after being situated there for the last 75 years.

The site has had a varied history, having housed burgage houses, a Unitarian Chapel and burial ground, tannery, brewery and Mickelburgh Foundry.

Halse of Honiton’s relocation to its new Daisymount premises in Ottery is only the second time the company has moved in its 137-year history.

The proposed development will be discussed by town planners before its fate is decided by East Devon District Council.

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