Thank you for visiting our website where you can find out more information about the consultation and plans for new homes at land off Pitt Hill in Appledore.
We held a public exhibition on the 29th November at the Appledore Community Hall on New Quay Street between 2pm and 7pm where we displayed our proposals.
We have now posted the proposed plans and site information displayed at the exhibition onto this website, for you to view.
The online consultation has now closed. We are now reviewing the feedback we have received during the period of public consultation., prior to preparing to submit our planning application for the site.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
The site is located east of Churchill Way, north and west of Pitt Hill and to the south of properties and land south of Richmond Green.
The site is part of the wider allocated site NOR07 in the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan. There remainder of the wider allocation is in the ownership of two other parties. Baker Estates have planning permission for the allocated land to the south of the site. The smaller portion of the allocation to the northeast is currently subject to a planning application.
The site is approximately 1.4 hectares of paddock land surrounded by established Devon hedgerows/banks to the north, east and south.
The site has an approximate 12m change in level from the south- west to north-east corner of the site. To the southwest corner of the site, an existing single storey L-shaped stable block is located, positioned back from the vehicular entrance.
The site was subject to an outline planning application submitted by the previous landowner, which has now been withdrawn.
We are proposing to deliver 27 open-market and affordable homes on the land off Pitt Hill.
We plan to include a mix of different types of homes, ranging from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom houses.
In line with Policy NOR07, 30% of the homes will be affordable homes, provided in partnership with an experienced housing provider.
The site will be accessed off Pitt Hill, with pedestrian and cycle access through the site.
As with the previous outline application, there is a community orchard proposed in the north of the site.
open market homes
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Our Craft Collection is inspired by the Georgian design we are all familiar with; our homes will have well-proportioned elevations, sash windows and elegant entrance features.
Great care has been taken with architectural details, such as large symmetrical windows of the era, and elegant ironwork porches with scalloped canopies.
Our Craft Collection homes are inspired by Georgian architecture.
access, highways & parking
As part of the wider site allocation, the southern element of Pitt Hill will be closed to motorised traffic and retained for pedestrian and cycle traffic only. A new road will come through the adjoining site up from Wooda Road. As a result, the additional trips from our 27 dwellings will have a limited impact on the surrounding improved network.
The site will be accessed via Pitt Hill on the eastern boundary and will connect directly into the new road on the adjoining site. We will be providing safe and suitable access, including appropriate visibility splays, and utilising the improvements to Pitt Hill. The proposal is to have two footpath/cycle connections to enhance connectivity: one to the south and one to the northeast.
We fully understand the concerns that are raised regarding the new development and amount of available parking. We have taken the concerns into consideration and will be providing 27 dwellings, of which 15 will have garages. Additionally, we will be providing 64 parking spaces. Our designs include setting the garages back in the plots to ensure the streetscape is of homes rather than garages. This creates an enhanced streetscene and allows for extra on-street parking spaces.
Just some of the steps we are taking to make our homes and neighbourhoods cleaner, greener and more sustainable include:
- Enhancing our construction fabric to ensure our homes are as energy efficient as possible from the very beginning of their life.
- Using low carbon heat sources including air source heat pumps and solar panels where appropriate.
- Installing rapid electric charging car points for every home.
- Ensuring that our neighbourhoods can be homes for wildlife too, by installing bat boxes, bee bricks, bird houses and bunny byways.
- Planting schemes are considered and planned in detail, choosing native plants, wildflowers and trees and reducing hardscaping. This encourages natural drainage and pollution absorption, as well as improving air quality.
- Planting a Butterfly & Bee rose at every front door to promote cross pollination.
- The special hi-tech coating on our basins and toilets is kinder to the planet. This innovative surface causes water to immediately form droplets on contact, which then merge into beads and simply drain away. It greatly reduces the need for harsh cleaning products and helps the preservation of waterways.
Surface water will be collected in an attenuation basin located in the south-east corner of the site and will then be released into the SWW network on Wooda Road. Foul water from the dwellings will drain into the SWW network. The water will travel in a southerly and then westerly direction to connect to the existing public foul sewer in Primrose Lane.
There will be significant areas of open space across the site, including a proposed community orchard in the north, for both the new and existing residents to use. The areas of open space will be carefully maintained by a management company to ensure that they remain in a good condition.
Ecological assessments have taken place and we will be looking to improve biodiversity on the site by enhancing hedge boundaries as well as through native planting of new trees and wildflower grasses. This assessment will be part of our planning application and assessed by Torridge District Council.
The development of the land off Pitt Hill will offer a number of benefits to the Appledore community and the wider area.
We are proud that the homes we build not only provide much needed housing to the local community, but also provide employment to people in the local area. We use local sub-contractors where possible.
As part of the development, we will be providing eight new bunnyhomes local parish homes, in partnership with an experienced housing association. These homes will be prioritised for those with a local connection.
We will work with Torridge District Council to further mitigate the impact of the development on the local community infrastructure, by making contributions where needed for things like education, highways and the NHS.
This is what we’re expecting to happen in the process. Register for updates if you want to be kept up to date.
The two-week period of public consultation has now closed. We are now reviewing the feedback received from residents, councillors and others. When feedback has been taken on board, we will finalise the plans and submit them to Torridge District Council.
We hope that the plans will be determined at some point over Spring 2022, with the intention being to begin working on site shortly thereafter.
The building of the homes would take approximately 18 months and we plan to communicate with the local community during the construction of the site.
At bunnyhomes, we take the views of the local community in Appledore seriously and have consulted properly on our plans for the land off Pitt Hill.
We held a public exhibition on the 29th November at Appledore Community Hall on New Quay Street, between 2pm and 7pm., where we shared our plans for the site, answered questions and took feedback on our proposals.
We understand that some people may not have felt ready yet to attend public events. All the public consultation materials and information displayed at the exhibition on 29th November are now available to view online.
The online consultation ran from 29th November to 13th December and is now closed. We would like to thank you for the feedback we have received, which we are now reviewing before we finalise our planning application submission.
If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, then please don’t hesitate to drop us a line.