Five-storey retirement flats and shops have been proposed as part of plans to finally redevelop a derelict site in the centre of Newton Abbot.
The former Seymour Horwell Volvo dealership in Wolborough Street has been derelict for more than 15 years.
But now plans for four and five-storey retirement flats have been submitted that will finally bring the site next to the Asda in the town back to life.
GV of the old Seymour Horwell car dealership site in Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot
The application has been submitted to Teignbridge District Council planners by Newton Abbot Developments Ltd.
The site of 22-26 Wolborough Street has recently been sold and was on the market for £850,000.
Artist impression of the proposed scheme for the old Seymour Horwell site in Newton Abbot
The application says: “The project involves the redevelopment of a vacant site in the town centre to provide new housing in the form of apartments, aimed at the retirement market.
“The intention is to develop the site with a contemporary building at a visually prominent site in the town centre.”
Plans for a Travelodge and to turn the site into flats with retail and commercial units had previously been proposed but never came to fruition.
It continues: “The site is on the Western side of the town and will form a ‘gateway’ building to the pedestrianized town centre zone.
“The proposal will enable the property to be converted in to 38 apartments with on site communal facilities, aimed at the over-55 market. The proposed development will ensure the beneficial use of the site, improving community safety and surveillance, and bringing life back to the street scene.”
The Seymour Horwell site
The application is to provide a part four, part five-storey building with commercial accommodation at ground-floor level and retirement apartments on the first, second, third and fourth floors.
There would be 20 one-bedroom apartments and 18 two-bedroom apartments, and there would be three retail units on the ground floor as well
The application concludes: “The proposed mix of retail accommodation and apartments makes effective use of this previously developed site in a central location and brings vacant land into active use. The proposed development would not be harmful to the amenity of local residents and is in accordance with the development plan.”
Teignbridge District Council planners will determine the fate of the application.
Source: Devon live