NEARLY 3,000 homes will be built in Exmouth, hundreds of jobs created and millions invested into new facilities.

The four favoured sites are Goodmore’s Farm, St John’s Wood, a third Liverton Business Park - a second has planning permission - and Littleham Valley.

That’s the vision of the district council over the next 16 years. But it will be at a cost, impacting on the protected sites of the Exe Estuary and Woodbury Common.

It is all part of East Devon District Council’s strategy from 2011 to 2026 and the topic of a special meeting next Tuesday in which the public are invited to give views of the strategy, which is up for review.

The draft version of EDDC’s Core Strategy full consultation document states the council’s ‘preferred approach’, which would see 1,850 homes built.

A total of 350 homes, employment land and community facilities would be on five hectares at Goodmore’s Farm, off Hulham Road; 1,000 homes on 10 hectares at St John’s Wood; 350 new homes in Littleham Valley, and a third Liverton Business Park.

The 1,850 homes are on top of 950 already planned up to the quarter-way mark of this century.

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A key plank of the vision is the creation of a ‘significant’ number of jobs, investment in shopping and business infrastructure, new community facilities, ‘enhanced’ medical services and a new – or upgraded – library.

The final part of the jigsaw would also see the ‘upgrading’ of public transport, possibly an extended train station with an extra platform, or a second station in Brixington and the completion of Dinan Way onto the A376 - which could cost �100m and be paid for by developers.