Plan to replace Barnstaple estate homes

LARGE-scale plans for the redevelopment of the Forches Estate have been submitted to North Devon Council. North Devon Homes has applied to demolish 113 decaying pre-fab houses on the Barnstaple estate and replace them with 155 brand new high quality energ

LARGE-scale plans for the redevelopment of the Forches Estate have been submitted to North Devon Council.

North Devon Homes has applied to demolish 113 decaying pre-fab houses on the Barnstaple estate and replace them with 155 brand new high quality energy efficient homes.

The housing authority is proposing a mix of two, three and four-bedroomed houses, flats and detached bungalows as well as a re-vamp of the estate's layout, roads and open spaces.

The proposals mark the first phase of a �40 million plan to replace or refurbish all of the company's 231 existing pre-cast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes at Fremington, Instow, Lovacott, Lynton, Bratton Fleming Woodville in Barnstaple, and Pill Gardens in Braunton.


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The houses, described as being in a "poor structural condition," were built in the 1950s and originally intended as a temporary stop gap following the housing shortage after the Second World War.

Chief executive Martin Gimber said the ambition and plan was to create brand new high quality homes and improved communities by making better use of space on the estates.

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A statement to planners said there was a currently a "huge mismatch" between the supply of housing and the demand for variety.

It said: "The number of current housing applicants registered with North Devon Council is in excess of 3,000 and rising.

"There is a pressing need for both a greater mix of housing types and sizes combined with a more varied tenure mix on the estate to ensure that the local community that develops is stronger and more sustainable.

"The proposed mix of home types would seek to meet a range of housing needs from singles, to couples, to families and to older residents on the estate who are wishing to live independently on the estate."

North Devon Homes said it had carried out a "significant" amount of consultation with all PRC home tenants, who have been told that they may have to move out of their homes at some point between June 2011 and June 2015.

Donna Baddeley, the company's director of neighbourhoods, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to increase the provision of good quality, affordable housing in North Devon.

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