‘Damien Domination,’ Hirst’s 3,000-person Real Estate Development Comes Closer to Reality

Hirst's Ilfracombe StatueDamien Hirst, or his business advisor, has submitted plans for the 750-home, 3,000-resident real estate development in Devon, near the artist’s estate:

However, residents have said the project is the latest example of “Damien domination” of the area and that the new town will invade their privacy and swamp local services.

Last October, Verity, Hirst’s controversial 67ft bronze statue of a pregnant woman, was erected in Ilfracombe despite protests.

The artist, who is believed to be worth £215million, is believed to have won some support within North Devon council and local business leaders for the 187-acre project called the “Southern Extension”.

The site covers much of Winsham Farm, a wildlife haven which Hirst bought for £900,000 10 years ago. He is one of four landowners in the project and owns just over half the site.

However, residents said they were shocked by the town’s size and feared that the 10-year construction project would cause disruption for Ilfracombe’s 12,500 population.

Pictures show artist Damien Hirst’s first impressions of town dubbed ‘Hirst-on-Sea’  (London Evening Standard)