Plan to build homes on historic farm in Plymouth
PLANS have been submitted that would see houses built on the grounds of what was once an historic farmland estate.
The owners of Beauchamp House, in Peverell, want to build semi-detached homes in the property's walled private garden.
The land would be developed into two three-bedroomed houses, along with parking spaces and rear gardens, under a proposal that has been submitted to Plymouth City Council.
The prominent Edwardian building, on the corner of Beauchamp Road and Langstone Terrace, boasts substantial grounds behind its high walls.
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Once the centrepiece of a huge estate, buildings at Beaumont House are thought to date back as far as the 17th century.
The property was on agricultural and farm land at what is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Westona'.
Later part of the Parish of Pennycross and Tything of Weston Peverel, maps from the 1890s show a long-disappeared reservoir and natural spring neighbouring the site.
The land was heavily developed in the early 20th century and in 1939, when Plymouth's boundaries were extended, it became part of the city.
The property backs on to the former Plymouth Co-operative Society Bakery – which became a Homebase store in 1992 – and it is thought to have once been lived in by bakery workers or managers.
In recent years Beaumont House has been residential, the latest owners taking over the keys in February 2010.
Plans submitted to the council by Joseph Taylor detail how two semi-detached houses would be built on the property's garden.
Access would be via new driveways off Beaumont Road, with parking for one vehicle outside each property.
Plans drawn up by Exmouth-based architects Hylton Brooks Aust show the white-walled homes would be low-energy and sustainable.
They have been planned in a similar style as those previously designed by the company at a large affordable housing development in Torbay, built by Sovereign Housing.
Letters have been sent to just three neighbouring households informing them of the proposals and no objections have been raised with the local authority.
City planners are set to decide whether the project should get the go-ahead by the end of October.