District council is missing a trick

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 March 2013

Plumb Park and Pankhurst Close.

Plumb Park and Pankhurst Close.

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Later this month EDDC planners will be considering an outline application from Clinton Devon Estates (CDE) to build 350 homes on greenfield land south east of Douglas Avenue.

I understand that it is proposed that up to 40 per cent of the 350 homes will be affordable homes to buy or rent.

Currently there is not a shortage of homes on the market in Exmouth, so it seems the main objective of Plumb Park is to build affordable homes to buy or rent.

It is the higher profits made on the sale of “non-affordable” homes that make affordable homes possible.

I think that EDDC is missing an opportunity in not using the derelict brownfield site at Pankhurst Close, Littleham.

This EDDC-owned 2.2 acre site is probably large enough for the majority of affordable homes that Plumb Park would provide.

If EDDC donated the land, this would help to keep the house prices low. The premises on this site, which is currently up for sale, have been empty for a number of years and in the current climate it is likely to remain unsold.

Indeed, there must be some doubt that it will ever be sold for industrial purposes.

No one likes to see a derelict building, so a small housing estate on this land would be a positive move. Currently the site is doing nothing.

Whereas last week, on the land to south east of Douglas Avenue, the farmer last week was sowing seed that will result in the much needed production of food.

It seems crazy to develop this attractive and productive land where there is such a good opportunity just a few hundred yards away. The town will not lose important surrounding countryside and it would have less effect on the sewerage system and traffic congestion.

Richard Taylor

(via email)

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