A scheme to build 54 homes on the site of the former Plympton Hospital has been given the green light by Plymouth City Council.
The plans by DCH – formerly housing association Devon and Cornwall Housing – include eight one-bed homes arranged in two separate ‘quarter houses’, six two-bed, 20 three-bed and 20 four-bed properties.
Sixteen of the homes – 30 per cent – will be ‘affordable’ housing.
Council planners have said DCH must start work within two years, rather than the usual three in order to speed up delivery of the homes.
The development plans to use the existing access to the old hospital site off Market Road, although 18 of the properties will be acessed by, and front on to, Lavinia Drive on a different side.
DCH has said the development will include a total of 103 parking spaces, making one space for each one bed home, two spaces for all other houses, including built in garages, and a generous three visitor spaces.
Plympton Erle councillor Terri Beer welcomed the new homes, saying that they were badly needed in the area, but noted there had been some objections from nearby residents.
Cllr Beer said: ‘There were some objections from residents in Lavinia Drive, they were particularly perturbed about having housing there as at the moment only one side of the street is built.
‘But the planning department felt it was okay in terms of the street scene to have houses on the other side.
‘We are desperate in Plympton for affordable homes for local young people, and this development is providing that. Quarter houses are smaller one-bedroom affordable homes, I’m quite pleased these are going up, and it will offer an opportunity for local young people to get somewhere.
‘I’m always concerned about school places and capacity in doctors’ surgeries, but this is being addressed with a Section 106 contribution.
‘There are some tweaks being made to the road as part of the development, and they are putting some trees in to break the buildings up a bit.’
She added: ‘The transport situation is not good in Plympton at the moment, but hopefully once all the roadworks are finished we’ll be able to get back to normal.’
Along with those in Lavinia Drive, residents of Potter Way to the north were among the 18 people to send letters of objection to the council.
Many of these referred to proposals to cut down trees between the hospital and the street, which they feared would increase the visual impact of the development, and exacerbate flood risk from the Long Brook, as well as harming wildlife.