108 New Homes in Torrington

ALA were appointed to obtain detailed planning permission for over 100 homes on a master plan site in Torrington


The former creamery site in the north Devon town of Torrington has been redundant for many years, and when ALA were approached to explore a wider master plan for the surrounding land parcels the ‘core’ creamery site benefitted from an extant outline planning approval for mixed use development.  Our initial brief was to undertake a feasibility study and master planning exercise to evaluate how the complex creamery site could be delivered with an updated housing mix that integrated with the development of surrounding redundant land parcels.

What followed was a detailed design and consultation process that wrapped up three adjacent land parcels with reserved matters and full planning applications for a total of 108 one, two and three bedroom homes and 4 retail units, alongside ecological and landscape improvements and the provision of riverside public open space.

As the master planning exercise and planing applications progressed, ALA were engaged by a neighbouring client to explore the development potential of a redundant water treatment works on an adjacent parcel of land which culminated in the submission of an outline planning approval for a further 52 two, three and four bedroom homes.

A project of this scale and complexity requires wide range of skills from other consultants, providing design detail and supporting reports covering civils infrastructure, transport, landscape design, tree surveys, ecology surveys and specialist planning advice.

Ecological Surveys provided the detailed survey work and recommendations for habitat creation and biodiversity gains.  Amalgam Landscape Architects co-ordinated the landscaping proposals and public open space provision and Neil Brant Consulting produced the Transport Assessments.  LSH co-ordinated the package of planning applications, including the provision of supporting planning statements and liaison with planning officers during the application process.

Civils design of highways and drainage detail including flood risk assessment was undertaken by AquaTech Consulting Engineers who worked closely with us from the sketch design stage.  Engaging a good civil/consulting engineer as part of the design team at the earliest stages of a development project streamlines the design process and helps to provide an accurate development appraisal both in terms of likely number of units and the potential infrastructure costs which may be influenced by site constraints such as topography, ground conditions and existing services.

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