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Proposals for 500 more homes on edge of Exeter

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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PROPOSALS for another 500 homes on the outskirts of Exeter have been revealed.

Taylor Wimpey and its partner Summerfield Developments is proposing to develop land at Atwells Farm in Teignbridge, which is just beyond Redhills and Exwick Lane in Exwick.

The homes are ‘advertised’ on the developers website but they have told the Echo that they have delayed consultation on the scheme.

Mark Thorne from Taylor Wimpey said: “We have been promoting the site for development through the examination of the Teignbridge Local Plan, as we believe it provides a good opportunity to bring forward much needed private and affordable housing in Teignbridge.

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“However, as the inspector’s full report is due to be published shortly, we would like to view the report before deciding how best to proceed with our plans for the development of the site.”

A spokeswoman for Teignbridge district council said: “At the planning inquiry the site promoters spoke in support of including it within our plan.

“Teignbridge, along with Exeter City Council, made representations for it not to be included.

“The inspector, on listening to the evidence, has, in his initial findings indicated that our plan can be found sound. The Atwells Farm site has not been allocated.”

Of particular concern for Exeter residents is the effect such a scheme would have on local traffic, particularly at the junction of the old Okehampton Road with St Peter’s Mount which is between Exeter and the development site. Residents have been campaigning for years to get changes to the roundabout on the junction as they say it is dangerous.

A resident of St Peter’s Mount, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think 500 is far too many homes for there because of the traffic.

“It is bad enough now – it’s the speed of the traffic. People go round the roundabout the wrong way as it is.

Rob Hannaford, county councillor for Exwick and chair of Exwick Community Association, said there is a desperate need for housing and it is important to look at any new proposals in and around Exeter, with the correct balance between housing and infrastructure.

He said: “The issues that still face us, despite having the second highest number of children and young people for any ward in Exeter, are that we have no permanent youth club, no dedicated children’s centre, busy medical facilities that have limited room to expand and no post office.”

“We have already expanded our two local primary schools, and we are still transporting our secondary school children across the city because we still don’t have enough capacity in West Exe Technology College.

“Therefore my main concern about another 500 new homes would be their impact on all these factors.”

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