The planning application for The Southern Extension – a major housing-led, mixed-use development in Ilfracombe – has been updated, taking the project another step forward.

The plans for the development are now being led by Inox Property Group following Resign’s decision to withdraw from the project. Inox’s application is for 750 homes, along with community facilities including shops, business units, a primary school and a health centre. It also outlines green open spaces for the local community and cycle and pedestrian routes. Amendments to the original application include changes to the mix of land use and phasing across the application site.

The council will now consult on the amended plans as well as a new application which has also been received for playing fields on land immediately adjoining the southern extension site.

Lead Member for Strategic Planning at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “It’s great news that the application is progressing – it’s an exciting project for the area and I look forward to seeing it develop.”

Local ward member Councillor Mike Edmunds says: “Damien Hirst and his team from Resign should be thanked for all the hard work that they have done to take this application forward. I am delighted that Inox – a company with a proven track record  – have agreed to take on the first phase of the Southern Extension which includes the primary school and sports pitches.”

Local ward member Councillor Geoff Fowler says: “I very much welcome the move towards the next stage of this application. It has huge implications as to how Ilfracombe will expand in the future.”

The 106 document controls the development of the infrastructure and facilities that will be provided on the site. It also controls contributions that will be made to community projects in the area by the developers as part of the application.

Full details of the application, including plans and progress, are available to view on the North Devon Council website.