Bell Cornwell’s Exeter offices assisted Penhaven Estates Ltd in securing planning permission for the redevelopment of a former hotel and land for 21 houses and apartments. Bell Cornwell were brought onto the project and asked to undertake a ‘root and branch’ assessment of the site and to provide guidance on utilising the buildings and land available to the Estate. This included the consideration of a tourism scheme, and forming a strategy for securing a residential planning permission for the site.
A strong design team was assembled and following a considerable period of technical analysis, discussions with the parish and district council and a thorough analysis of housing viability, a scheme was developed. This proposed a part-conversion, part-demolition of the original hotel building – an approach intended to address landscape and heritage concerns – along with a mixture of contemporary and more traditional new build housing all set within a wooded landscape. The extent of the site constraints meant that a much reduced affordable provision of 19% – against the standard of 40% – was also agreed between the parties.
As a result of the work done, the scheme was presented to Members at Torridge District Council who, following some discussion, unanimously voted to approve the development.