Devon site hit by major fire set for new lease of life

The fire at Bow Mill Industrial Units in January 2023
-Credit: (Image: Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service)


Plans have been lodged to bring back to life a site wrecked by fire in Totnes almost a year and a half after the incident unfolded.

On January 23, 2023, fire crews were called to a fierce blaze at Bow Mill Industrial Units in Broadhempston. Despite the best efforts of firefighters, extensive damage was caused to small businesses located there. At the time, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service's assistant chief fire officer described it as 'devastating'.

Gerald Taylor said that fire crews 'fought hard to bring [the fire] under control', but did not detail the final extent of the damage.

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A planning application has now been submitted to Teignbridge District Council by Mr R Ford to build 12 shipping containers as storage on the plot. The application states it will be a redevelopment of four new industrial units following a fire which 'raised them to the ground'.

The fire at Bow Mill Industrial Units in January 2023
The fire at Bow Mill Industrial Units in January 2023 -Credit:Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

The site is said to currently consists of a burnt-out storage building, along with a toilet outbuilding, two timber/ metal storage structures and associated hardstandings.

It is proposed to construct a new smaller storage structure on part of the footprint of the existing structure, along with 12 shipping style containers on existing hardstanding.