52 New Homes in North Devon

ALA Architecture were appointed to obtain outline planning approval for 52 new homes in North Devon


Following our appointment to produce master plan design proposals for the former creamery site in the north Devon town of Torrington, a neighbouring land owner subsequently engaged ALA  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 in additional to the 108 homes and 4 retail units on the neighbouring land parcels.

The site includes established hedgerows that are retained to maintain wildlife habitats and break down the overall scale of the site layout. The site topography along the northern boundary necessitated the use of split-level house types, which reduce the excavation requirements and improve the relationship to the rear gardens on the ‘uphill’ side of the street.

A mix of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes in semi-detached and detached configurations, with variations between narrow fronted and wide fronted plots creates an interesting street scene more reminiscent of a natural evolution and expansion of a residential area that avoids repetition.

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.

Amalgam Landscape Architects co-ordinated the landscaping proposals and public open space provision and  LSH co-ordinated the planning application package 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.

If you would like to talk to us about how we can help to explore the development potential of  your site, why not get in touch for an initial consultation.