Ambitious new plans have been submitted for a £25million project including 96 homes and a state-of-the-art pottery studio on the edge of Bovey Tracey.
If outline plans are given the go-ahead, it could pave the way for the total redevelopment of the site at Cardew Tea Pottery on Newton Road.New proposals include a mix of houses and flats with 40 per cent affordable homes and a £2million, cutting-edge pottery studio, showroom, workshop, design studio, tea room and gift shop.
The new application by Exeter-based landowners, Strategic Land Partnerships, follows previously submitted plans for a 100 homes scheme on the same site.
This was thrown out by Teignbridge Council and an appeal was later quashed in February after concerns some of the development encroached on to greenfield land and there was no footpath link to Bovey Tracey town centre.
But developers say the new plans address both these concerns.
Sue Walker, from Strategic Land Partnerships, said: "The application for the new Cardew Tea Pottery and housing is exclusively on the land the inspector identified as previously developed.
"After fruitful discussions with Devon County Council, we have agreed that if we get planning permission we will provide a footpath along Newton Road, from the roundabout at the junction with Pottery Road to where the footpath starts at the recreation ground."
Car and coach parking will also be provided.
Paul Cardew, managing director of Crafts at Cardew, said the business had moved away from manufacturing towards design and tourism.
He said: "We are really excited about the plans and are fully onboard.
"The building we have at the moment was built in the 1950s and is tired and needs repairing.
"It leaks like a sieve and I don't know what the carbon footprint is like.
"We are hoping the new building will be smaller, modern and a bit high tech with metal and glass, a bit of a landmark for the area.
"It will be built as part of the housing development so it won't stick out like a sore thumb."
At the moment there are 30 members of staff, but if plans are rejected and Cardew Pottery permanently relocates, it could result in job losses.
He said there had been a 'huge question-mark' over whether to stay at the current premises.
"If plans do go-ahead then we would relocate to a temporary site for six months.
"Retail would have to shut, but we would continue with our normal wholesale business.
"If they don't go-ahead we would probably relocate outside of the area.
"Once the die has been cast, we will sit down and see what we have to do," he said.