No community cash in 100 home plan for factory site

An application to regenerate Ottery’s former mill and factory and create 100 new houses has been submitted – but there will be no affordable homes at the site.

Plans for a range of houses, flats and retirement apartments have been sent to the district council for approval by developer Paul Conway, from Churchill Property South West.

But in a move which will disappoint many in the town there is no proposal for any community cash from the project.

A previous application to renovate Ottery’s former factory and mill, in association with Tesco, offered a �1million in Section 106 money to the town.

But the new plans say: “The proposed development cannot afford to make a contribution to affordable housing, education or public open space.”

The application said there are other benefits for the people of Ottery though, including providing much-needed later-life accommodation, restoring a town landmark, cleaning up a ‘contaminated site, and remove the ‘unattractive’ factory buildings, as part of multi-million pound investment in regenerating the site.

The developer will also have to spend �181,000 increasing the capacity of the Fluxton sewage treatment works by 750 households if the application is successful.

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The scheme is divided into several separate applications covering the four different parts of the development.

At the land adjoining the Tumbling Weir part of the existing buildings could be demolished to make way for 29 retirement apartments.

Proposals have been made to make internal and external alterations to the former Town Mill, Mill House, Corn Mill and other associated outbuildings to accommodate their conversion into 30 apartments.

A separate outline application to demolish the factory buildings has also been submitted, and the fourth element of the proposals is for the land across the road next to the houses in Victoria Terrace, known as Otter View, where the developer proposes creating eight houses.

But despite previous negotiations over the possibility of creating offices at the site there is no provision for any employment opportunities, the planning statement citing a lack of demand.

The applications will go before Ottery Town Council on January 14 before the district council makes the final decision later in 2013.

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