Thirty houses to be built on Belmont Hospital site by 2014

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By Lewis_Clarke | Thursday, July 05, 2012, 14:16

DEVONSHIRE Homes have announced plans to build up to thirty homes on the Belmont Hospital site by the end of 2014.

The regional property developer  today announced it has secured close to £2m investment from the Get Britain Building programme for the redevelopment of the Belmont Hospital site on Belmont Road.

Working with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), who administer the funding, and Mid Devon District Council, Devonshire Homes won the funding to complete the first phase of the development to provide 30 new homes by the end of 2014.

A former Victorian workhouse, the Belmont Hospital was utilised after the Second World War for specialist elderly care but has since stood empty for a number of years. Devonshire Homes acquired the site in 2008 but the development stalled due to changes in the economic climate that challenged the viability of the project.

The £570m Get Britain Building programme, announced as part of the Government's Housing Strategy in November 2011, is supporting housebuilders by providing access to development finance, unlocking more than 15,000 new homes across the country by December 2014, and protecting and creating thousands of jobs.

Steve Russell, Land and Planning Director, Devonshire Homes said: "The commercial viability of the Belmont project has caused delays to the development and we have had to make changes to our original plans to reflect the current housing market.  

"However, with the funding in place, building work will now start in August to deliver the first phase of 12 affordable two and three bedroom houses alongside 18 homes for the open market.

"Prioritising this development over others in the region clearly demonstrates the government appreciates its importance in contributing to the wider regeneration of Tiverton."

HCA executive director for the South and South West Colin Molton said: "It is great news that work can continue at this vitally important project, which is delivering much needed high quality new homes and jobs for Tiverton.

"This is a key project for us and our partners, and another example of us working with local authorities in Devon to ensure their priorities are met. It's good to see that the Get Britain Building programme is delivering new homes and safeguarding jobs in our area by supporting this project."

Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration at Mid Devon District Council said: "This is very good news for Tiverton and will bring this important, but redundant site back into use. It's a good example of what can be achieved through working in collaboration with partners to the benefit of the area."

In total the new residential development is expected to provide over 70 new homes for the community. This latest development follows the HCA's investment to support the delivery of 23 new homes at the former Tiverton Hospital site in the town centre.

Further information regarding Devonshire Homes' plans for the redevelopment of the Belmont site will be available at a public exhibition organised by Devonshire Homes on July 17 at the Tiverton Hotel.

What do you think of plans to build houses on the Belmont Hospital site? What are your memories of this historic building?

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