The site is designated as a Rural Exception Site in the South Hams, on the edge of Ivybridge but just within Ugborough Parish. This means it had already been allocated as a good potential site for affordable housing for local people. The site will be just visible from Dartmoor National Park if you are on top of Western Beacon, the picture below shows how small our site is in comparison to the Palm Cross development in Modbury.
SDCE has an Option Agreement with the landowners, if we secure planning permission we will exercise the option to buy the land from them.
The site is semi-rural, with agricultural buildings on the southern part. It was previously used as an orchard and market garden. There is hard standing, a greenhouse and sheds on the southern half. The aerial view shows the site bordered on 3 sides by trees/shrubbery/hedgerows, and there are some fruit and other trees on site. The topographical survey reveals a slope from the north to the south of around 13 metres.
Since beginning this project, new developments have crept up to the edges of our site to the west and south, and it is less rural than previously.