A North Devon property developer has applied to discharge reserved matters to create 14 sustainable homes and give a new lease of life to a brownfield site in the centre of the market town of South Molton.

Barnstaple-based Nalu Homes has applied for consent to erect the dwellings on land adjacent to the existing Quince Honey Farm in North Road, with work planned to start on the development when full planning is achieved. The honey farm is relocating to a new, purpose-built facility on the edge of South Molton, due to open next April.

Director of Nalu Homes, Jamie MacDonald-Murray, says: “This soon-to-be redundant brownfield site in the centre of South Molton is the first of a number we plan to develop in the South West of England. We aim to provide 14 sustainable, new-build houses in the local community, using the latest technology in eco-construction. The development will enhance the existing Grade II listed Victorian building and will be landscaped to complement the surroundings.”

“Our purchase of the old Quince Honey Farm site has also enabled the family-run tourism business – a major local employer and visitor attraction – to move to new, purpose-built premises on the outskirts of South Molton with space to grow.”

Nalu Homes plans to build eight houses on the site’s existing front car park, and six on the rear parking area. Seven of the planned properties will be 3-bedroom homes, marketed from £355,000. The other seven homes will be 4-bedroom, marketed from £425,000.

Another developer, Wedgewood, has bought the listed building in North Road with a view to creating a further ten homes on the brownfield site.

Homes on this development have been sensitively designed to be in keeping with the local area and feature stone detailing as well as internal oak doors and triple glazing throughout.

“As well as enhancing the thermal efficiency of the home, which in turn means lower fuel bills for homeowners, investing in triple glazing has also allowed us to oversize windows meaning more natural light filling the rooms. Combine this with the open-plan design and above average room proportions and we think homeowners will be pleasantly surprised with the feeling of space created, “ added Jamie.

The consultation period for the planning application ended on January 6th, 2019.