Plans for 750 news homes, a school and health centre in Ilfracombe are ‘moving forward’ following the withdrawal of Damien Hirst’s Resign company from the scheme

Looking across the Ilfracombe Southern Extension site. Picture: North Devon CouncilLooking across the Ilfracombe Southern Extension site. Picture: North Devon Council

Damien Hirst has bowed out of plans for Ilfracombe’s 750-home Southern Extension.

Today (Thursday) it was revealed Hirst’s company Resign had withdrawn from the project and plans for the development are now being led by Inox Property Group.

Inox has updated the planning application for the mixed use development, which seeks to create 750 houses, along with community facilities including shops, business units, a primary school, open spaces and a health centre.

Amendments to the original application include changes to the mix of land use and phasing across the application site.

North Devon Council gave outline approval for the original application for the large 187 acre site back in July 2014.

The council will now consult on the amended plans as well as a new application which has also been received for playing fields on land immediately adjoining the southern extension site.

Councillors have welcomed the news, saying this will take the project another step forward.

Lead member for strategic planning Jeremy Yabsley, said: “It’s great news the application is progressing - it’s an exciting project for the area and I look forward to seeing it develop.”

Local ward member Councillor Mike Edmunds added: “Damien Hirst and his team from Resign should be thanked for all the hard work that they have done to take this application forward.

“I am delighted that Inox - a company with a proven track record - have agreed to take on the first phase of the Southern Extension which includes the primary school and sports pitches.”

Ilfracombe mayor Paul Crabb said: “It’s good to see progress on the site.

“The main thing we are trying to achieve with this is that it will help areas such as the High Street become more viable.

Ilfracombe Councillor Geoff Fowler said he welcomed the ‘move towards the next stage’ and said it had ‘huge implications as to how Ilfracombe will expand in the future’.

It has been estimated it could take up to 15 years to build.

People can view and comment application number 56675 via the council’s planning portal.