New homes plan for old Army camp

Proposals for 277 houses in the pipeline for former Fremington military camp

PLANS to build 277 new homes on the site of the former Fremington Army Camp have been submitted to North Devon Council.

Proposals for the 42-acre camp include public space, affordable housing, recreational facilities, landscaping and access.

Existing buildings would be demolished with the exception of two former military building which would be refurbished “for community uses”.

The application has been submitted by Fremington Developments LLP, who bought the site from the Ministry of Defence site in December last year.

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A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the developer said: “The site offers an exciting opportunity to create a locally distinctive development on the edge of the village of Fremington.

“Reuse of the former Army camp represents a sustainable and positive use of a brownfield site. The mature landscape setting and location provides fantastic opportunities to create a scheme of quality.”

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Initial plans for the camp, used by the US military during World War Two, were first revealed at a public exhibition in May this year.

Among the issues raised at the time were concerns about access layout, impact on local highways, construction materials, impact on local infrastructure such as schools, and the level of community facilities needed.

Developers said they have made a number of amendments to the scheme and tried to overcome key concerns where possible.

They say a “comprehensive package of obligations” had been identified in consultation with the council and other local organisations.

The plans are under consultation until December 29.

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