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Concerns raised ahead of decision on 1,740 new Exeter homes

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

By Anne Byrne

  • Some 750 new homes are planned on land to the north, west and south of the Met Office

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PLANS for more than 1,740 homes on the eastern side of Exeter are expected to be backed by councillors.

Some 750 new homes are planned on land to the north, west and south of the Met Office, with land for a train station safeguarded at Hill Barton.

Another 930, including a park and ride, garden centre, and local shops are proposed for Monkerton and the Redhayes area, north of Blackhorse just outside the city.

A further 62 are recommended for approval on land at Sandrock in Gypsy Hill Lane.

These proposed homes are in addition to the combined total of almost 1,000 new homes which were given the go-ahead by the city's planning committee last month at Newcourt, including Bishopscourt Quarry and land off Hill Barton Road.

The plans for homes which would almost surround the Met Office are giving Wilton Way residents cause for concern.

Resident Lucy Edwards said: "The proposal for a rail halt so close to our houses when it is quite evident that it will not be built, due to prioritisation of Newcourt and Marsh Barton rail halts and the cost of delivery, should be removed from the plans and alternative better public transport options proposed.

"Given the scale of planned development across the East Exeter area, I feel all the individual planning applications need to be assessed as a whole in terms of impact on the roads."

Another concern is access, with Ms Edwards adding: "The proposed main access point with a signal controlled junction on Hill Barton Road is too close to existing residents and will cause issues on the road, especially as just along from this is the access point for the separate 151 houses approved previously.

"I feel collaborative working between the developers of the different parcels of land needs to take place to make Fitzroy Road and Oberon Road the main access points for this planning application of 750 dwellings, thereby reducing the impact on existing residents."

Wilton Way residents are working with councillors to set up a residents' association.

Fellow resident Des Furness said: "One reason we need a residents' association is to gain assurance that the developers will be sensitive to the existing environment, considerate of their potential to impact on a well established estate and will be responsible with regard to safety."

Pinhoe city councillor Moira Macdonald is concerned about the Monkerton plans. She said: "I think this is overdevelopment on what is a flood plain.

"In July, when we had a lot of rain, I took pictures of the fields where the houses are to be built. It was planted with linseed and you could see where the land was flooding from where the crop was failing to thrive.

"Exeter needs houses so I am not against development but we have already given planning permission for thousands of homes and the scale of this is, I think, inappropriate."

The proposals will be decided by the city's planning committee on December 3.

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  • deejaytee  |  November 29 2012, 8:43PM

    More concrete and tarmac to add to the flood risk. Small tributaries such as Pinn Brook are at capacity. They can't take any more run-off without increasing the risk to properties in the area.

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