Plans to redevelop a former Barnstaple lace factory into a residential complex have been revealed.

The former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt SmartThe former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt Smart

An online consultation has been opened on the redevelopment of the former Small and Tidmas factory in Derby Road.

Homes England is looking to redevelop the factory into 74 flats, including a ‘generous number’ of two-bedroom homes aimed at local people.

The proposals have been designed by LHC, with a view to keeping the ‘important aspects’ of the site’s history.

The development will see many of the original Grade II-listed factory buildings restored, becoming 43 of the apartments.

The former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt SmartThe former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt Smart

A planning application for the site is expected to be submitted in early 2019, with the homes finished in 2022.

A design appraisal from Homes England’s consultation said: “It is proposed that the dwellings will reflect the industrial and historic character of the buildings, using sympathetic building materials.

“The form of the new buildings will reflect the industrial feel and scale of the site’s heritage, drawing upon the scale and architectural qualities of the retained factory building in a contemporary way.”

The original Derby Works were constructed in 1825, with the site’s eastern block added 50 years later. These buildings are slated for restoration, with the development retaining the iron and columns and trusses.

The former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt SmartThe former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt Smart

There was a major fire at the factory in 1972, with the buildings that exist today constructed in its wake at the north of the site. Those factory buildings will be demolished to make way for a mixture of two and three-storey buildings of one-to-three bedroom houses and apartments.

The Small and Tidmas site was taken over by Heathcoat Group in 2012, but closed the following year.

North Devon Council ward member for Yeo Valley, Councillor Ian Roome, said: “My first impressions are that the concept and design of the buildings look fantastic, and seem to take in and reflect the factory’s history.

“The area does need to be developed, because we are seeing some anti-social behaviour. I think it will enhance that area but I would like to see a good proportion of homes made for social rent at a rate that local people can afford.

The former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt SmartThe former Small and Tidmas factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt Smart

“I hope people will take part in the consultation and give their views on the plans, just as I will be.”

The consultation runs until Friday, September 28, and can be completed through this online questionnaire.