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Resolution to grant planning permission at the Oliver Buildings, Barnstaple

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Alder King Planning Consultants have secured a resolution to grant planning permission at committee today for the redevelopment of the Oliver Buildings site in Barnstaple. Planning permission and listed building consent will be issued in the coming days.

The scheme allows for the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Oliver Buildings which have stood derelict in Barnstaple town centre for a number of years. The proposals include 47 apartments and 1,186 sq m of retail and commercial space as well as associated landscaping and public realm works.

Despite the complexities of the site, Alder King and the design team at LHC successfully worked with North Devon Council and Historic England to produce the proposal that has the support of stakeholders and will preserve and enhance this important historic building for Barnstaple.

Portia Banwell, senior planner at Alder King, commented: “This is a really exciting project that has produced a great result for Acorn Blue and the community of Barnstaple, giving this site with a remarkable history a new future.”

The Oliver Buildings are the remaining components of a complex of buildings which formed the Shapland & Petter furniture factory. The factory was constructed from 1888 onwards following a fire at their previous works in March 1888. They were designed by local architect William Clement Oliver (1832-1913) whose work can be seen in a number of other locations within Barnstaple, including Brannam’s Pottery and Christ Church on Bear Street.

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