Remainder of Rolle campus up for sale

The remainder of the former Rolle College campus – the section that does not form part of Exmouth’s new business, education and community hub – has been put up for sale on the open market.

The land could be used to build homes, educational residences, community uses, health centres, public halls or even offices.

A brochure has been published by GVA Grimley Ltd, property managers for the site’s owners Plymouth University, and a deadline for interested bids of June 29 has been imposed.

The former teacher training college covers a total area of 6.85 acres – 4.1 acres of which forms the Rolle Centre. This has been called “the best bit” by Rolle Centre chairman Roy Pryke.

Now the remaining 2.55 acres, known as the eastern side, has been put on the market on a freehold basis. A further 0.2 acres are taken up by two buildings at the rear of the site bordering Fairfield Road and Salterton Road. This plot was previously sold at auction.


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The area does not currently have outline planning permission of any kind, although East Devon District Council has indicated it would prefer a mixed-use development.

The latest sale follows the whole 6.85-acre site being put on the market almost two years ago, when Bovis Homes were named as the preferred bidder. Soon afterwards the process was cancelled.

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The site includes 11 separate academic buildings and converted Victorian villas covering more than 5,058 square metres of floor space.

However, the scope of any development could be limited as one of the buildings – the Victorian Eldin building – is listed. The site also boasts an array of mature trees, many of which are the subject of tree preservation orders.

The brochure says a planning brief was previously prepared by district planners and Plymouth University.

It adds: “Whilst the document was not intended to become formally adopted by the council … the council has expressed a desire for a mixed used redevelopment.

“However, viability issues will determine the development mix and the site could lend itself to a number of uses.”

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