Fresh vision for Exmouth's sustainable future
The full details of the masterplan can be found on www.plumbpark.co.uk
In response to research and feedback following the granting of outline planning consent for 350 new homes at Plumb Park, Littleham, Clinton Devon Estates has produced new plans to help the town meet the needs of its growing elderly population as well as providing high quality affordable and open market homes, alongside employment opportunities, to encourage younger people to stay so that the community can thrive.
The refreshed masterplan already has two key pieces of the jigsaw in place; the £25million Liverton Business Park - providing jobs, employment space and renewable energy - and Plumb Park which received outline planning consent in 2013 for 350 new homes - 40% of which are designated affordable housing – all set alongside 14 acres of public open space, including a hilltop park. Both locations are regarded as highly sustainable due to their proximity to the town centre, sea front and existing residential areas, with plans for new footpaths and cycle ways further improving connectivity with schools and shops.
Now Clinton Devon Estates has revealed further details of how it aims to provide specialist housing to enable older people to live independently for as long as possible as well as a vision for a “care village” – both of which have been designed to meet a pressing need in East Devon identified by Devon County Council.
Population projections show that Exmouth’s over 65 population is expected to grow by 21% between 2007-2021, with the largest rise (38%) among the 70-74 year old age group. This reflects the anticipated 37.6% rise in the over-65 population in the whole of East Devon by 2031. In Devon, those aged 85 years and older represent 3.5% of the population, approximately 25,700 people. This number is expected to almost double to 48,900 by 2030. In addition the proportion of people with dementia in Devon is currently higher (1.75%) than the wider South West region (1.51%) with East Devon district having the highest proportion of people with expected dementia at 2.35% (figures from 2012).
In March 2015 Clinton Devon Estates lodged a planning application with East Devon District Council for a 44 home development, known as Douglas Gardens, where 24 of the properties will be age restricted housing for over 55s, enabling older people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
The 44 homes will be designed to reflect the Avenues Design Statement and the proposals include providing an access point from Douglas Avenue by removing number 76 Douglas Avenue.
The refreshed masterplan includes:
- a vision for a care village to provide for Exmouth’s growing elderly population as identified by Devon County Council and East Devon District Council
- bespoke new homes to enable older people to live independently for as long as possible
- 257 new homes being built in phase one at Plumb Park by a development partner committed to producing a ‘premium scheme’, 40% of which will be affordable housing. This will ensure that there is provision for younger families and individuals to stay in the town to ensure its long-term success. (Clinton Devon Estates is showcasing its joint venture partnership with Cavanna Homes in Budleigh Salterton, Horizon, as an example of delivering a high quality housing scheme with 40% affordable housing.)
- Designs at both Plumb Park and Douglas Gardens influenced by the Avenues Design Statement to ensure that the new development will reflect the design of Exmouth’s smartest streets with footpaths and cycle ways linking new homes to the town centre, beach, shops, schools, bus and train routes and Liverton Business Park.
- 14 acres of public open space, including a hilltop park, and access to the Maer from Pound Lane, providing valuable space for nature and for leisure.
- A fast-tracked upgrade to the traffic system at Littleham Cross.
Clinton Devon Estates has spent over seven years carrying out extensive research and surveys to find the most appropriate piece of land to help Exmouth meet its future obligations. Since deciding on Plumb Park the Estates team has worked with consultants to help maximise the benefits for society, the environment, nature and economic sustainability and appointed the best master planners and designers to help turn its vision into reality.
Visit www.plumbpark.co.uk to find out more.