Council could agree 1,000 new homes for Torridge in a day

How the Torrington Creamery site could look.

How the Torrington Creamery site could look. - Credit: Archant

A 750-house development off Clovelly Road in Bideford and plans for the former Torrington Creamery are some of the homes recommended for approval tomorrow (Thursday).

The site of the proposed Winsford Park development in Bideford.

The site of the proposed Winsford Park development in Bideford. - Credit: Archant

Permission for nearly 1,000 new homes in Bideford and Torrington could be granted tomorrow (Thursday).

Applications coming under scrutiny at Torridge District Council’s plans committee meeting include proposals for the former Torrington creamery and a major housing development off Clovelly Road in Bideford.

There are four housing schemes recommended for approval by officers at the day-long meeting – amounting to a total of 980 houses.

The biggest of these is Bloor Homes’ Winsford Park application, off Clovelly Road in Bideford – a blueprint for 750 new homes, a 50-bed care facility and a primary school.

A separate application for a total of 149 houses and retail space on the former Torrington Creamery site will also be debated.

In a report to the council, planning officer Lewis Andrews said: “The site comprises a sustainable location and having regard to the council’s five year supply of housing, the development of the site, including the clearance of the former creamery buildings, would outweigh the visual and landscape harm of housing development on land adjacent to the open countryside.”

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Councillors are also being recommended to approve plans to convert a former hotel at Penhaven Country House in Parkham into 21 homes.

The other application recommended for approval is for 60 homes off Hoopers Way in Torrington.

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Winsford Park and Penhaven will be discussed at 9.30am in Bideford Town Hall. The two Torrington applications will be heard at 1pm.

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