A derelict dairy, which has stood unused for more than 20 years, could be given a new lease of life.Plans have been submitted to Torridge District Council to transform the former Torrington Dairy Crest creamery into houses. The proposals for the 3.72 hectare site, submitted by Waterside Construction South West Ltd, are to build up to 149 houses. The developers are seeking full planning permission for 13 detatched houses on the north of the site, and outline planning for up to 136 homes, plus 200 sqm of retail space. The site was the former home of Torridge Vale Butter Factory, which was founded in 1874 and transported dairy products to London via train. In 1932, the dairy was taken over by Cow & Gate, and was further purchased by Dairy Crest. But in 1993 the creamery closed with the loss of 100 jobs, and has remained largely vacant since. A spokesman for the developers said: The vision is to create a high quality residential enclave with a mix of residential accommodation, opening up the currently derelict and fenced site to the wider community. The design will provide opportunities for enhanced public access to the River Torridge and Tarka Trail.