120 new homes proposed for derelict Exmouth trading estate

PUBLISHED: 15:56 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 22 October 2018


If successful the application would lead to the demolition of two former trading estate buildings.

An artist's concept of the proposed development. Picture: Taylor Wimpey.An artist's concept of the proposed development. Picture: Taylor Wimpey.

One hundred and twenty new homes and public green spaces could replace a derelict Exmouth trading estate that has stood empty for almost a decade.

The plans from developer Taylor Wimpey to build 120 houses at Pankhurst Trading Estate in Exmouth were validated by East Devon District Council (EDDC) on Friday, October 12.

Pankhurst Engineering’s Facility was closed seven years ago and the Pankhurst Fish Processing Plant was recently shut down by Environmental Health at East Devon District Council.

The proposed site is approximately 3.6 hectares and consists of the former Pankhurst Trading Estate, with several derelict buildings to the North.

In a Design and Access Statement, submitted as part of the planning application, the developer explained the proposed layout: “Within the site is a principal street that runs from the northern access point and loops around the southern part of the site.

“This street has been designed to encourage low traffic speeds and has a verdant feel with tree and hedge/shrub planting to front gardens.

“Secondary streets in the form of Mews Lanes feed off the principal street.”

According to the developer the houses will be two to three storeys tall and there will be an ‘affordable housing element’ which will be ‘pepper potted’ throughout the site.

Red brick, off white render and grey roof slates are being proposed as the main materials in order to stay in keeping with the surrounding area.

So far the application on EDDC’s planning site has received one ‘neutral’ comment from a Mr Heath Nickels is keen to ensure wildlife is looked after in the event the site is built on.

He suggested creating ‘hedgehog passes’ through fences, improving hedgerows and grassland.

According to the developer’s statement: “The proposed development will create housing choice and new amenity spaces for the existing and new community whilst improving public access across the site and to the wider pedestrian network.

“The development will respect the local character but also move the community towards a more sustainable future, through a significant increase in housing.”

If you would like to read through the application yourself before the expiry date visit EDDC’s planning portal www.planning.eastdevon.gov.uk/online-applications and use the reference code: 18/2272/MFUL.

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