Bickington housing development will be a ‘suitable replacement’ for the Oakwell House building, says developer

Developers have applied to build 21 houses on the former Oakwell House site.Developers have applied to build 21 houses on the former Oakwell House site.

Plans have been lodged for 21 homes on the former Oakwell House care home site at Bickington.

The proposals for the site at Lyddicleave have been submitted by Baker Estates Ltd from Newton Abbot.

It is proposing to demolish the former care home building and construct 21 detached and semi-detached open market houses of two to four bedrooms.

The applicant says affordable housing provision on the site is not required because of the Vacant Building Credit associated with the Oakwell House.

The Gazette revealed Baker estates had bought the Oakwell site from Devon County Council in March of this year.

"We have developed exciting new plans which will give this redundant site a fantastic new lease of life and much-needed homes." said Ian Baker, managing director of Baker Estates.

Ian continued: "We have worked with our architects to produce exceptional landscape designs that add new trees to the site whilst retaining the existing hedgerows and plants already present, enhancing the landscape considerably. We have deliberately designed the garages so that they are bigger than normal, which encourages owners to use them for parking. The mixture of house sizes means a number of different buyers will be able to find their perfect home."

A statement submitted with the application says: "The overall objective is to create a place with a strong and unique identity that provides a suitable replacement of the existing building on site.

"The scheme will provide a modern interpretation of the distinct built form character of Barnstaple."

Oakwell was one of 20 Devon care homes closed by Devon County Council in 2014 as it sought to make savings of £10.7million, despite a determined fight from residents and relatives.