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Development Approved For Tavistock with 58% Affordable Housing

Today, a planning application has been approved by West Devon Borough Council's Planning Committee for a development off Plymouth Road Tavistock. The development includes an Extra Care Facility of up to 60 units, all of which (100%) will be affordable.

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An extra care facility is housing that provides care for people who need assistance to live independently.

Today the planning committee (Development Management and Licensing Committee) at West Devon granted planning permission to Baker Estates for 44 open market homes. It also includes outline planning consent for an extra care facility of up to 60 socially rented (affordable) units, which will also provide 22 jobs. 

Commenting on the Planning Committee's decision, Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: "I know that the decisions our planning committee had to make today were incredibly tough. However, I believe that our committee arrived at the right outcome on a difficult site.

"I am pleased to see that overall the whole development that was approved today will provide a good mix of housing, ranging from 1 bedroom self-contained flats, to 5 bedroom detached houses. 

"The application will provide 104 homes, 60 of which will be affordable socially rented, that equates to 58% affordable homes in total.

"It is also great to see that the site is providing Extra Care accommodation for Tavistock as this need was identified through the Joint Local Plan." 

Today the granting of planning permission is conditional and subject to the creation of a Section 106 legal agreement. A Section 106 agreement usually contains a number of things that a developer is obliged to do as they build out the development. In relation to this development they include:

  • Providing an area of accessible green space with a play area
  • Producing a compensatory habitat scheme - a scheme for creating new habitats to compensate those impacted by the development
  • Providing a financial contribution towards allotments
  • Providing a contribution towards the re-establishment of the Tavistock to Bere Alston railway line.
  • Providing a financial contribution towards Special Education Needs (SEN)
  • A primary health care contribution to the NHS to increase the capacity of doctors surgeries in the catchment area
  • And a financial contribution towards the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries European Marine Sites (EMS) Recreation Mitigation and Management Scheme

Before work can begin to build on the Extra Care Facility, a further detailed planning application will need to be submitted. 


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