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Plans on show for town centre scheme

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

By David Shepherd

The plot between St Andrew Street and the Exe is to be redeveloped to provide retirement homes

The plot between St Andrew Street and the Exe is to be redeveloped to provide retirement homes

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RESIDENTS have an opportunity to help shape the overdue development of land behind Tiverton Town Hall which has lain neglected for decades.

McCarthy & Stone will unveil their early proposals on how the former tennis courts off St Andrew Street could be transformed with 46 retirement homes.

Shane Paull, from the company, said: "We have already spent time carefully researching the architecture and traditional character of the local area, but we need to ensure what we build is what our customers, as well as the community, would like to see in Tiverton.

"With Mid Devon District Council bringing forward plans to refurbish the houses on St Andrew Street, our hope is to inspire the regeneration of a key location within the town centre.

"We want to hear from our future home-owners and the local community before we submit a planning application and will be displaying our plans at the exhibition.

"Our project team will be at the exhibition to answer questions and listen to feedback on what we've done so far and the comments we receive will help us tailor our proposals into something people will want to see, enjoy and call home," he added.

The site already has planning permission for new homes and the refurbishment of numbers three to 10 St Andrew Street which was granted back in 2008.

The previous developer who brought plans forward was unable to bring them to fruition due to economic conditions and the café did not receive any commercial interest.

McCarthy & Stone is proposing a wholly residential scheme, featuring much-needed specialist accommodation for people in later life. The aim is to redevelop the land behind Tiverton Town Hall with a sensitive, high quality development. Properties 1 and 2 St Andrew Street will be demolished to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to the development.

Cllr Kevin Wilson, who represents this part of Tiverton on Mid Devon District Council, welcomes the development after many false starts.

He said: "That site has been derelict ever since I was first a councillor in 1998 and I am happy this is coming forward. It wasn't quite as bad then as it is now but certainly it has gone downhill very quickly and that is one of the reasons why the council is so insistent this is done."

The exhibition will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at the Remembrance Hall, Tiverton, between 3pm-7pm.

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