Too early to form opinions

PUBLISHED: 16:38 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

Surely we should all be wary of responding, positively or negatively, to ASDA plan unveiled . For a start, there is no plan, only computer-generated drawings.

Surely we should all be wary of responding, positively or negatively, to 'ASDA plan unveiled'.

For a start, there is no plan, only computer-generated drawings. The drawings are meant to impress, not to inform. Otherwise, why are the trees and the people at least twice their true height and why have we not been shown a ground plan with the dimensions of all buildings?

Certainly, the design is an improvement on the previous drawings issued last December. But, to give their views, people need to know the size, massing and positioning of the buildings, car-parking, thoroughways for vehicles and pedestrians and, most importantly, the space around the buildings.

There are two particular points which concern us at this stage:

l there are no changes to the roads, so the new developments on and around the sports centre/bus-station will be separated from the town by a busy road

l the idea of a transport interchange for rail/bus/taxi/cycle users has been ignored, despite the fact that the Exmouth Public Transport Partnership has underlined its vital importance.

So, let us wait until all is revealed before we react. We trust that the public consultations by ASM/ASDA in the next few weeks will give us all we need to make an informed judgement.

We also trust that what Exmouth says during the consultations will be properly reflected in the formal planning application, expected early next year.

Roy Pryke,

Chairman of Exmouth

Community Association.

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