‘Yes’ to 74 homes and jobs space to replace CeramTec factory in Colyton

Plans to redevelop the site of an ‘unsightly’ former factory in Colyton into 74 homes and 1,000sq m of employment space have been given the go-ahead. 

Proposals for the CeramTec facility in Sidmouth Road were approved by East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee.

The factory closed four years ago and was sold in June 2017 to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The plot is earmarked as employment land in the Local Plan and the scheme includes development outside of the Built Up Area Boundary.

This is is contrary to policy and will have some negative landscape and visual impacts, councillors were told.

EDDC officers has recommended the application for approval – despite opposition from Colyton Parish Council.

The applicant proposed that 20 per cent of the homes are ‘affordable’, but village representatives wanted of 30 per cent.

They said 21 houses would go some way towards fulfilling the 34 affordable homes identified in a housing needs survey as being required in the parish.

Colyton CeramTec factory

The CeramTec factory in Colyton closed four years ago.

However, a report to the Development Management Committee stated: “The factory site is an employment site which the Local Plan would seek to protect for further employment use.

“The proposal seeks to redevelop the majority of it to provide a mix of market and affordable housing but also an element of new light industrial space.

“The applicant has offered 20 per cent affordable housing and it is disappointing that a higher level of affordable housing could not be negotiated.

“But the negative landscape impacts could be offset in part by the removal of the unsightly factory buildings and the careful design of the housing which will replace them.

“In addition, the provision of an element of affordable housing, in the context of a significant local need, while not the full amount, would go some way to also offset the contravention of policy.”

The committee approved the application subject to a suitable habitat being found for slow worms, which currently occupy part of the site, to be relocated to.

Detailed plans will beed to be submitted and granted permission before work can begin.

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