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10:48 14 February 2014
A new doctor’s surgery and a school playing field for the area’s schools should be built at Goodmores Farm, at the top of Dinan Way, say town planners.
Last year developer Eagle Investments revealed its plans for new housing estate and possibly a 210-pupil primary school
Councillors also said that a new bus route should be added – linking the new estate to Exmouth and Exeter as well as a new pedestrian crossing across Dinan Way.
The homes, earmarked for the area also called Upper Lovering Farm, are in East Devon District Council’s 13-year blueprint for more homes in Exmouth, called the Local Plan.
But when the homes were revealed last year, town councillors were critical of the plans for a new school.
They said it was the first they had heard of it and a school would be on land they wanted to be used for new public amenities.
Part of Goodmores Farm falls within the parish of Lympstone, so Exmouth Town Council and Lympstone Parish Council formed a working party to determine what was needed and where.
But last week the chairman of the group, Brixington councillor Maddie Chapman, took a swipe at Lympstone councillors.
She said: “Lympstone are saying that a lot of the land at Goodmores Farm is theirs and they should have a bit more say. When this first came up from East Devon planning and for public consultation they were nowhere to be seen. Brixington councillors did it on their own and attended all the public meetings…”
She added: “Part of the land has a farmhouse and there are covenants which means it can’t be built on.
“We would consider it for a football pitch for the youngsters from Brixington, Halsdon and Lympstone primary, including changing rooms. We also said it would be a good idea to have a doctor’s surgery.
“To get to the hospital and to park if you’re elderly or don’t drive is a bit much.”
Councillor Tim Dumper said: “We thought we should also consider a play area, shop units and any infrastructure that could be shared with the surrounding areas which don’t have any.
“Bus services were mentioned, and particularly a crossing at Dinan Way.”