EDDC’s development management committee meeting (planning), which took place a couple of weeks ago, approved six of the seven planning applications ,in a meeting which took an entire morning.

But there had been concerns from Mill Street residents about the height of the residential apartment block in the grounds of the adjacent Tumbling Weir car park so a site inspection was organised.

But councillors approved the final element of the scheme after the site inspection, last week.

Controversially, site owner, Paul Conway, told the committee that he could not afford any community benefit funding because of the costs of demolition of the old factory buildings and the refurbishment of the listed old mill.

The scheme includes creating 30 apartments at the renovated mill, demolishing the 1950s eyesore units to build 33 houses and 29 retirement flats, as well as building eight houses on land (currently a car park) next to Victoria Terrace, opposite the factory buildings.

EDDC has imposed certain conditions such as an ‘overage agreement’, which means that if the value of the properties increase before they are sold, some of the extra profit will go to the council to be put back into the Ottery community.