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Plans have been submitted to demolish a coal yard and former collar factory in Bideford and turn them into 14 new homes.

An application for the Littlejohns Coalyard site in Northam Road, in Bideford has been submitted to Torridge District Council by G Northover and Sons Ltd.

The proposals include creating eight two-bedroom townhouses and six flats, as well as car parking, new vehicular access and landscaping of the site.

All of the current structures on the site, which are not listed but are recognised by the applications as being ‘of interest to the town’ will be demolished.

The first building is the Flour Mill, formerly The Collar Factory. It was built in the 1930s and when clothes production moved on, it was used to produce flour.

The second building which would be demolished as part of the application is Littlejohns Coalyard.

Stephen Reed, senior historic environment officer for Devon County Council, said the proposed development would ‘involve the loss of part of Bideford’s industrial heritage through the destruction of these buildings’.

In a letter to Torridge District Council, he asked any consent should carry the condition that no development should commence until a historic recording and analysis of the site had taken place.