Clinton Devon Estates submits planning application for new homes in Exmouth
A planning application has been lodged for a new 350 home extension to the community of Littleham in Exmouth to help meet a pressing need for new housing in East Devon over the next five years.
Proposals for Plumb Park at Littleham have been submitted by the land owner Clinton Devon Estates to include an allocation of affordable housing as well as new public open spaces, woodlands and a much improved natural environment.
The planning submission has been made this month in response to the acute shortage of homes in Exmouth and across East Devon. Two public consultations have helped to shape a master plan for the development which has been identified as a preferred location for new homes in Exmouth in EDDC's New Local Plan.
Last November a public open day was held at Bidmead Community Centre and was attended by around 250 people who were able to view information boards and a proposed master plan for the area. Representatives from Clinton Devon Estates, LHC Architects, Urban Design and Landscape, Ward Williams Associates Surveyors and Planning Consultants Bell Cornwell LLP were on hand to listen to ideas and answer questions.
Architect John Baulch from Exeter-based LHC said that feedback from the consultations had been incorporated into a new master plan for the area. He explained: "We have introduced even more trees and landscaping to ensure that the site blends really well into the surrounding areas and we have provided larger areas of habitat for flora and fauna to greatly improve the ecology of the site."
Mr Baulch added: "Overall we have kept the vast majority of the buildings down to two storeys and in one area we have changed our proposals from terraced housing to a small cul-de-sac of detached houses following a site meeting with neighbouring residents."
John Baulch added: "The design proposals also include for the future provision of pedestrian and cycle links from Jarvis Close to the new Hilltop Park and improved access to countryside footpaths."
John Varley, Estates Director for Clinton Devon Estates said: "There is no question that we face an ever-increasing need for housing in the Exmouth area and since 2008 we, as landowners in East Devon, have been in discussion with East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council and other community representatives to help find a solution.
"Plumb Park has been identified as a preferred location for new homes because of its proximity to the town, to employment space and to existing residential areas which means that it can genuinely deliver a sustainable development. We have long-established links with Exmouth and we are committed to making Plumb Park a lasting and positive legacy for future generations both in providing homes and also introducing public open spaces, networks of footpaths and cyclepaths and a rich environment for flora and fauna," added Mr Varley.
Responding to concerns that were raised during the public consultation about traffic and sewage Mr Varley said: "We have undertaken comprehensive traffic surveys and assessment work which indicates that Littleham Cross can cope with the traffic from Plumb Park. This work and its conclusions have been reviewed and accepted by Devon County Highways."
Mr Varley also revealed that Clinton Devon Estates had commissioned a study from South West Water into the impact of Plumb Park on the existing sewerage network and treatment plants. He said: "If it is found that the existing system does not have enough capacity, Plumb Park is likely to be the catalyst for improvements which could benefit a large number of existing residents."