Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Plans lodged for 21 homes on Oakwell care home site at Bickington

PUBLISHED: 11:54 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:16 09 June 2017

The former Oakwell House Care Centre at Bickington.

The former Oakwell House Care Centre at Bickington.


Bickington housing development will be a ‘suitable replacement’ for the Oakwell House building, says developer

Developers have applied to build 21 houses on the former Oakwell House site. Developers have applied to build 21 houses on the former Oakwell House site.

Plans have been lodged for 21 homes on the former Oakwell House care home site at Bickington.

The proposals for the site at Lyddicleave have been submitted by Baker Estates Ltd from Newton Abbot.

It is proposing to demolish the former care home building and construct 21 detached and semi-detached open market houses of two to four bedrooms.

The applicant says affordable housing provision on the site is not required because of the Vacant Building Credit associated with the Oakwell House.

The Gazette revealed Baker estates had bought the Oakwell site from Devon County Council in March of this year.

“We have developed exciting new plans which will give this redundant site a fantastic new lease of life and much-needed homes.” said Ian Baker, managing director of Baker Estates.

Ian continued: “We have worked with our architects to produce exceptional landscape designs that add new trees to the site whilst retaining the existing hedgerows and plants already present, enhancing the landscape considerably. We have deliberately designed the garages so that they are bigger than normal, which encourages owners to use them for parking. The mixture of house sizes means a number of different buyers will be able to find their perfect home.”

A statement submitted with the application says: “The overall objective is to create a place with a strong and unique identity that provides a suitable replacement of the existing building on site.

“The scheme will provide a modern interpretation of the distinct built form character of Barnstaple.”

Oakwell was one of 20 Devon care homes closed by Devon County Council in 2014 as it sought to make savings of £10.7million, despite a determined fight from residents and relatives.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories


There are proposals for a cycle bridge across the North Devon Link Road from Seven Brethren in Barnstaple

Read more

Will festive video go viral? St Michael’s Nursery in Barnstaple is racking up the social media views for its Christmas video debut

Read more

New leisure centre at Seven Brethren approved by council planning committee this morning (Wednesday)

Read more

A teaching assistant is fundraising to bring her husband’s family to Devon for Christmas after their home was ravaged by a tropical hurricane. Can you help?

Read more
Yesterday, 19:06

The Gazette has been along to review Beauty and the Beats at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple – have you got your tickets yet?

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

The Appledore RNLI lifeboat was requested to transport a woman who needed hospital treatment after being injured on Lundy

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe has revealed the bizarre excuses why people gave up their dog last Christmas, including ‘he was a secret Santa’ and ‘he pants too much’.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:55

A nine-year-old girl left severely disabled with cerebral palsy after mistakes at North Devon District Hospital has been awarded £20million in damages at the High Court.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:17

Torridge District Council and North Devon Council are reminding people what can and cannot be recycled over Christmas and New Year.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:36

The community has pulled together to help landlords of The Bell Inn in Parkham re-open in a temporary premises, celebrating with a Christmas lunch for all.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications