New Plans raise hopes for more employment opportunities in Exmouth
Plans to extend the award winning Liverton Business Park on the outskirts of Exmouth are expected to bring a much needed boost to the local economy with the creation of valuable employment opportunities.
Clinton Devon Estates, the owners of Liverton Business Park are due to submit plans to East Devon District Council before Christmas for an extension to the Park to provide important new employment space for the town.
It is hoped that the development of five hectares of land immediately to the north of the Park could be home to businesses within the employment sector. Subject to detailed designs and layouts, the site is considered to be suitable for 10,000 m² of business space.
As well as increased employment opportunities, existing and future staff and residents living nearby will benefit from plans to improve local amenities including the extension of a cycle route and footpath linking the new development at Liverton with nearby communities.
Clinton Devon Estates have made a fir commitment to preserve the hedges and all the valuable Estate trees on the site including ancient oak trees. In addition, they will also be undertaking a new tree planting programme to ensure that, in time, even more wildlife will be attracted to the area.
Liverton Business Park, which this summer won the coveted John Wheatley Award for the Best business Park in the South West in South West in Bloom 2009, was established in the early 1990's. Since then it has grown steadily despite two recessions. The recent opening of Carpet Right earlier this year marked the final stage of the edge of town development.
The first big national name to move there was B&Q followed by other well known stores including McDonalds, Pets at Home, Halfords, Topps Tiles, The Plumb Centre and Homemaker. There are also 18 local businesses based at Liverton.
John Bain, Land Agent for Clinton Devon Estates is keen to stress that the new development is not intended for retail use; "There is a serious shortage of employment land, particularly in Exeter and East Devon. The most recent draft of the Devon Employment Space Strategy identifies the extension of Liverton as a priority in East Devon. A growing number of businesses and organisations need out of town office space for their staff and we believe that Liverton is able to meet that need.
"Another benefit of creating employment space at Liverton is that it is likely to provide some of the larger businesses currently in the town centre with the opportunity to move to a more suitable location. This in turn will pave the way for the long-awaited regeneration of Exmouth Town Centre."
John Bain adds; "As landlords, Clinton Devon Estates pledge that the new development will meet the same very high standards that have been set by Liverton Business Park."
Clinton Devon Estates is working with Devon-based architects MTA, chartered town planners Bell Cornwell LLP and Peter Brett Associates, specialists in sustainable transport and land developments.
Letters are being sent to residents neighbouring Liverton Business Park as well as current tenants at Liverton, local organisations and other stakeholders. They are being invited to provide feedback and comments that can incorporated, wherever appropriate, into the scheme prior to the submission of the planning application.
Written feedback and comments can be submitted in one of three ways:
•1. An online questionnaire at www.clintondevon.com/liverton2
•2. Emailing [email protected]
•3. Writing to Liverton 2 Feedback, Clinton Devon Estates, Rolle Estate Office, Bicton Arena, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton Devon, EX9 7BL
As well as Liverton Business Park, Clinton Devon Estates, owns and runs South Court Farm near Budleigh Salterton offering business units created from a Victorian Model Farm complex. Dotton Business Units between Colaton Raleigh and Newton Poppleford offers seven light industrial units and The Old Sawmills at Colaton Raleigh offers 12 units.