Council supports new Pankhurst homes plan


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Plans for 50 new homes in Pankhurst Close, Littleham, have been supported by Exmouth Town Council.

However, councillors said their support for the homes – 40 per cent of which will be classed as affordable – was conditional on improvements to the sewage and traffic situation in the area, particularly after 350 homes for neighbouring Plumb Park were approved by East Devon District Council (EDDC) last week.

Deputy mayor Bill Nash told this week’s town planning meeting: “South West Water say there are sufficient resources for surface and foul water – I feel there would be a problem, especially after the 350 homes for which approval has just been given.

“Regarding traffic, at the small roundabout as you go into Pankhurst Close the transport assessment says there is no problem. We know Littleham Cross hasn’t got the capacity – it was discussed with Plumb Park – and this will make matters worse.”

Despite these concerns, other aspects of the scheme, on the site of a former fish processing factory, found favour with councillors.

Cllr Nash added: “There appears to be a good design for these houses. The affordable housing is good. We, the Littleham councillors, feel that residents in that area would prefer to see it become a housing area rather than an industrial area.”

EDDC will now decide on planning permission.