Major planning application entered for Topsham gap site

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 August 2017

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

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Developer Waddeton Park Ltd wants to build 155 homes and a 64-bed care home on the site at Clyst Road.

A controversial planning application to build more than 150 homes on a green space between Topsham and Exeter has been entered.

Developer Waddeton Park Ltd has submitted an outline application to Exeter City Council for 155 homes and a 64-bed care home on a 16.3-acre site at Clyst Road.

If given the go-ahead, 100 of those homes would be available on the open market, with the other 55 being classed as affordable.

There will also be parking for residents and employees of the care home, a village green and a play area for children.

The design and access statement said the development ‘should draw on the best aspects of local character and distinctiveness of Topsham’.

It also said: “Overall, the proposal represents a well-considered and appropriate development that responds well to its context.”

Residents in Topsham have previously expressed concerns that the town would ‘lose its identity’ on the back of green space being built on.

It is claimed that the level of development would see Topsham become part of Exeter.

In a letter to Exeter City Council objecting to the plans, Madeleine Jevon, of Grove Hill, expressed concerns about the size of the development and the strain the extra residents will place on resources in Topsham.

She said: “There has been so much building in the vicinity in the last few years, plenty of which has not yet been completed, some of which has not yet started.

“There has been no time to evaluate the consequences of the increased population with pressure on resources.

“With more and more development there is a real sense of loss of Topsham as a town with boundaries, and a sense that we will shortly simply be a suburb of Exeter. What a loss after more than 700 years.”

She also questioned the need for another nursing home in the town, when permission has been granted for another one in Topsham Road, Exeter, just a quarter of a mile away.

Exeter City Council will make the final decision on the application.

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