Vital new employment space for East Devon

Vital new employment space for East Devon


Vital new employment space for East Devon

Date: 11th October 2010


Vital new employment space for East Devon

Plans to extend Liverton Business Park on the outskirts of Exmouth, to create important new employment space in East Devon, have been given the go-ahead by planners.

The five hectare site to the north of the existing Business Park will have the potential to deliver in the region of 10,000m2 (100,000ft2)of employment space, which is regarded as vital to the success of the local economy and the regeneration of Exmouth.

It is anticipated that initial ground works will begin next spring with the first businesses expected to move into purpose-built premises in 2012. 

 Clinton Devon Estates, the owners of both Liverton Business Park and Liverton 2 are already speaking to businesses interested in moving into the new development. The Estate's retained Agent Malcolm Williams from Harrison-Lavers and Potburys said; "The first tenants will have the opportunity to choose their site and to have a say in the design and layout of their building.  This means we will effectively be building to order, subject to gaining the necessary planning approvals, of course."

Malcolm Williams added; "We anticipate this will be a very attractive prospect for a number of businesses, especially in light of the fact that Liverton Business Park has an excellent reputation for being well managed, well maintained and easily accessible."

While Liverton Business Park is predominantly retail, Liverton 2 will provide space for businesses in the light industry or storage and distribution sector.

Leigh Rix, Head of Property and Land for Clinton Devon Estates said; "We will be landscaping the site, preserving the existing hedges and valuable trees, including some very old oak, to ensure that Liverton 2 appeals to the tenants, the wildlife and the neighbours. We will also be extending an existing cycle route and putting in a new footpath to link the new development with residential areas.  

East Devon District Council's Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Regeneration, Councillor Ray Franklin, said: "This is very exciting news for Exmouth and for the wider East Devon economy. We are keen to bring forward more employment land for the town, both because of the potential for new employers to move in and also to allow the flexibility for companies and organisations to move to Liverton from other sites, so freeing these up for re-development. The expanded business park will also be easy for local people to access on foot and by bike, so offering the chance of greener commuting for some".


The original Liverton Business Park was established in the early 1990s and has grown steadily despite two recessions.  The first big national names to move there were B&Q and Clarks followed by other well known stores including McDonalds, Pets at Home, Halfords, Topps Tiles, and The Plumb Centre. There are also 18 local businesses based at Liverton.

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.

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