Exmouth’s chance to create a new community

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 December 2011

plumb park development plans

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Landowner Clinton Devon Estates is asking Litteham residents to take part in a consultation in a bid to shape the future of the area.

Exmouth’s residents are being asked to shape the future of Littleham by taking part in a new-home consultation.

Landowner Clinton Devon Estates is proposing to build 350 homes at Plumb Park, in Littleham Valley, and is urging the local community to get on board, share their views on the early designs and highlight facilities that could improve the area.

Consultation leaflets this week began dropping through letterboxes to scores of homes in the surrounding area, and a website with information about the proposed development has also been launched.

Clinton Devon estates director John Varley said the proposal ‘promises’ to provide affordable housing for the town as well as more than 12 acres of public open space.

He said the potential for the regeneration of the Pankhurst industrial estate could also be on the cards, if 350 homes got the green light.

He said: “We really need people to think about what they need from their community in the future and, most importantly, what their children and grandchildren will need.

“Housing in East Devon is in short supply and the problem will only get worse.

If we can work with the local community to put our ideas and resources together, we can achieve something really special and something we can be proud of.

“The Plumb Park proposal provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for creating a community and not just another tightly-packed housing estate.

“It is an ideal location in terms of proximity to the town centre, Liverton Business Park and public transport hubs, which means that people can live near their place of work and walk or cycle into town.

“We will also be able to provide a large area of public open space on and around the iconic Donkey Hill for people to enjoy.”

The site, currently used for agriculture, has been identified as suitable for housing development and is currently under consultation in the East Devon District Council’s local development framework for 190 homes.

Clinton Devon Estates believes increasing the number of homes to 350 would allow up to 140 affordable homes, and release public open space and woodland.

The estate said ‘virtually all’ the money generated from the site would be ploughed back into the local community and infrastructure - such as developing new employment space at Liverton Business Park - in a bid to boost employment opportunities.

● People are invited to submit their ideas at: www.plumbparkconsultation.com

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