Call for Brixington infrastructure rather than new school


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Plans for a new primary school at the north end of Exmouth have drawn renewed opposition.

Members of Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee were this week discussing East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) infrastructure delivery plan review, part of its Local Plan for development.

During the debate, Councillor Maddy Chapman reiterated concerns about the proposed new school, which was put forward by Devon County Council for a site at the planned Goodmores Farm housing development north of Dinan Way.

Cllr Chapman said: “I don’t see that we can do without infrastructure because the county council wants money towards the [Dinan Way] road and school. I think the county council is being greedy.

“I’m going to strongly object to any school.”

The proposal is for a 210-place primary school, partly paid for by housing developer contributions.

Cllr Chapman said that there was land at Brixington Primary Academy on which new classrooms could be built to provide new places, and that there were more pressing needs for infrastructure in Brixington.

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“We need a playing field to match EDDC’s playing fields programme for the town – we haven’t got enough playing fields.

“We also want a shop – I don’t see why people living in Bystock should have to get in the car if they want to get the paper on Sunday morning.

“It would also be nice if we could have a surgery, and if Stagecoach, when the houses are built up there, could come up, and we also said we wanted a business hub.”

EDDC’s consultation runs until tomorrow (Friday).