New doctors' surgery, village hall and homes planned for

New doctors' surgery, village hall and homes planned for Newton Poppleford

New doctors' surgery, village hall and homes planned for

Plans have been submitted for a new 'community hub' in the East Devon village of Newton Poppleford to include 42 new homes, a doctors' surgery and village hall.

Clinton Devon Estates has lodged a planning application with East Devon District Council to build new homes and community facilities on land at King Alfred Way where footpaths will provide links to and from the village and the primary school.

Preliminary discussions have been held with managers at the Ottery St Mary-based Coleridge Medical Centre to locate a new branch surgery in the village while proposals for the new community hall include space for a badminton court, indoor bowls and a function room with a bar and kitchen. Outside there will be a garden for toddlers to play in a safe and secure setting.

The master plan for the area has been developed by the award-winning Exeter-based LHC Architecture and Urban Design to reflect best practice in sustainability.

As well as retaining and enhancing 626 metres of existing hedges, the proposals include the planting of an additional 376 metres of new hedging with native species such as Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, Elder and Dog Rose. A newly created village green will feature alongside the surgery and community hall and the planting of new trees and shrubs will enhance local wildlife corridors.

Outline proposals for the new homes include a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom detached, semi-detached and terrace houses along with a mix of apartments.

LHC Group Director John Baulch said: "The buildings will be designed to gain warmth from the sun and retain heat, and are likely to include technologies such as solar water heating, heat recovery systems and rainwater harvesting."

Head of Property and Land at Clinton Devon Estates, Leigh Rix, said: "Our proposals for Newton Poppleford have been carefully designed to benefit the existing community as much as the new families and individuals who move to the village."

The proposals are expected to be considered by East Devon District Council planners later this spring.

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