New lease of life for old Barnstaple mill
Transformation of derelict site helps address affordable housing shortfall.
A DERELICT town centre mill building has been given a new lease of life to help address affordable housing shortages in Barnstaple.
The former Maldram Mill, off Bear Street, has undergone major structural refurbishment to provide nine new homes for local families.
The �1.2 million scheme was joint-funded by North Devon Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Magna West Somerset Housing Association (MWS), who managed the project.
Although originally planned for the open market, the one one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom home development was turned into an all-affordable housing site following discussions between the district council and Magna.
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Councillor Faye Webber, executive member for housing, said: “In today’s economic climate, more people than ever are experiencing problems with housing and the council is committed to help.
“One of our top priorities is providing more affordable housing for local people so I’m very pleased that these homes at Maldram Mill are now being let.”
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The project is an extension of a housing scheme already developed by Magna. In May 2010, 11 new affordable homes were also completed at Granary Court, Bear Street.
The new homes are within a conservation area and a sympathetic approach has been taken to retain existing features that reflect the character and appearance of the existing building and surrounding area.
Historic weighing and sieving equipment used in the milling process has been preserved and will be on permanent display in the courtyard area.
For more information about affordable housing and how to apply for the housing register, go to www.northdevon.gov.uk/housing.