Hands off valley!

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

I would like to add my very strong wish, about the proposed Plumb Park development in the Maer valley – that it is never built.

I have walked in, and known, this area since I was young and it is a truly beautiful part of Exmouth.

As we are apparently living in a democracy, if I or any other citizen chose to buy an acre of agricultural land in Devon with a hope of building a house for oneself, I can absolutely guarantee planning permission would never be granted.

However, it seems that if you are the local landowner, it may turn out to be absolutely fine to cram together hundreds of houses in a small area with no proper infrastructure and to impact the quality of life of people in the town.

Littleham Cross has always struggled with traffic, especially in the summer months. The top end of Douglas Avenue has turned into a rat-run with drivers, often it would appear, exceeding the speed limit.

Add now the potential for six or seven hundred extra vehicles regularly coming in and out of Buckingham Close and the situation will surely become intolerable.

Then there is the extra demand on the already overworked sewerage system and the propensity of the valley to flood. Donkey Hill itself is a landmark of the area, so where is the sense in ruining this beautiful place.

Over the years planning permission has been refused on other attempts to build here, and for very good reason.

I can only hope reason prevails and this wonderful part of Exmouth is left alone.

Huw Akiba-Jones

Via email

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