Homes at Bystock prompts public meeting

CONCERNS over a vision to build 1,000 new homes at St Johns Wood by 2026 have provoked a public meeting next Thursday (September 30).

East Devon’s draft Core Strategy report states that almost 3,000 new homes need to be built in Exmouth over the next 16 years.

And 1,000 of those have been earmarked on land at St John’s Wood, with 10 hectares of land used for job creation and community facilities.

But Jeff Trail of the Brixington and Bystock Action Group, of Port Mer Close says the area also includes Bystock from the boundary to the East of Bystock extending to the North at the Lodge.

He said: “.. the area you live in could be destroyed by new developments…

“It will not be the nice quiet country area you moved to with these proposals, and with a lack of infrastructure the possibility of extra vehicle access, more vehicles, drainage issues, being surrounded by houses and commercial buildings the value of your property will suffer and you will be part of a vast housing estate.

“The EDDC proposals for Exmouth are causing a rift especially within my neighbourhood.

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“Whether you agree or disagree with the proposals please have your say.”

The meeting is Palmer House on the junction of Churchill and St Johns Rd on September 30, from 7pm.

The meeting will be chaired by Brixington town and district councillor Trevor Cope.