Plans to transform Torrington’s former meat factory into new residential and commercial development have been approved.

Plans have been approved to transform the former Torrington Meat Factory site.Plans have been approved to transform the former Torrington Meat Factory site.

Clayewater Homes Limited’s plans for a new factory, employment land and 143 homes at the derelict site were given outline planning permission at a meeting of Torridge District Council’s plans committee on Thursday.

The proposals include 1,040sq m of commercial freehold space, which would include provision for a purpose-built factory for Clayewater Homes and create 30 jobs.

The residential development would include 40 per cent of affordable housing, and include 21,266sq m of open space.

Councillor Philip Hackett said: “To have an application coming in to us with 40 per cent affordable housing and contracted using local labour, local materials, local facilities and providing employment – it ticks all the boxes.

Plans have been approved to transform the former Torrington Meat Factory site.Plans have been approved to transform the former Torrington Meat Factory site.

“We don’t want another situation like the creamery. I think it’s everything Torrington needs.”

Clayewater Homes director Brian Webber revealed the company now has an option to take on the adjoining Peninsula Proteins site, and said the factory and offices would be built before the residential development.