Clinton Devon Estates press the case for a new sustainable community for Exmouth

Clinton Devon Estates press the case for a new sustainable community for Exmouth. Littleham Affordable Housing, Plumb Park

Clinton Devon Estates press the case for a new sustainable community for Exmouth

Clinton Devon Estates' proposals for a new sustainable community for Exmouth that has the potential to deliver up to 140 affordable homes for the town as well as valuable public open space are laid-out in a new web video posted on YouTube this week.

Estates Director John Varley is quizzed on the Estates' plans for Plumb Park, a proposal for 350 homes on the edge of Littleham, which has been designed to help alleviate the town's housing need and open-up new access routes including public rights of way to the iconic Donkey Hill.   

Mr Varley explains how the Estates' original proposal for up to 500 dwellings would have potentially provided 200 affordable homes for Exmouth but had to be reduced following a substituted proposal by Exmouth Town Council, at the Local Development Framework Panel Meeting on October 11th, for 190 homes on a reduced area.

Mr Varley says that the 190 home proposal, while deliverable, would restrict the Estates' objective to build a sustainable community for Littleham, with new linear access routes across the valley,  open spaces, orchards, woodlands and landscaping. He adds that it would also reduce the affordable homes allocation to no more than 75.

In the video Mr Varley responds to questions about the impact of the proposals on the Maer Valley and on agriculture around Exmouth. He also responds to criticism that access to the site is poor and congestion is bad, particularly in the summer months. 

Mr Varley said: "I would urge as many people as possible to watch this webcast to learn more about our proposals for Plumb Park which are, without doubt, the most sustainable on the table."

He added: "As winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category twice in five years, Clinton Devon Estates have proved their long-term commitment to thriving communities, the environment and the economy. We have a golden opportunity to build a community, help young families and older people find suitable homes and generate capital to invest in some amazing landscaping and enhancements to the natural environment and its wildlife. As far as the Maer Valley, we recognise its enormous value and absolutely do not want to see it spoiled."

Clinton Devon Estates say they will start an engaging consultation with the community over the coming weeks and months to "build something we can all be proud of".  

The 5 minute webcast can be viewed on:

It can also be accessed via the home page of the Clinton Devon Estates website:

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299