Up to 16 new homes set for Mudbank Lane?

PUBLISHED: 11:59 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:59 07 May 2015

Danby House on Mudbank Lane. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 0448-18-14AW

Danby House on Mudbank Lane. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 0448-18-14AW

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Two mothballed county hall-run care homes and a day centre will be sold to district bosses to build up to 16 new homes.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has signed on the dotted line to purchase 1.74 acres (0.71 hectares) of land at Mudbank Lane, in Exmouth.

Based on the building density of previous developments in the town, this would be enough space to build between 12 and 16 new homes.

EDDC aims for half of the new homes to be ‘affordable’.

The land, currently owned by Devon County Council (DCC), is occupied by closed care homes, Danby House and Exebank, and what used to be the Marjorie Moore Centre.

Now EDDC will look to join forces with a developer.

The sale, for an undisclosed sum, would help DCC plug its financial black hole.

It needs to save a further £100million over the next three years.

It is also a good deal for EDDC, which has pledged to provide more social housing but has been criticised for granting permission for developments on the green belt.

The land has already been developed and is classed as a ‘brownfield’ site.

The facilities offered care for patients following an operation.

Two years ago the facilities were closed, paving the way for the ‘hospital at home’ project.

Last autumn, EDDC and DCC began talks and a month later, in December, DCC ruled that the land was ‘surplus to requirements’.

An EDDC spokesman said: “County Hall has now confirmed in writing that it is willing to sell the land and EDDC’s cabinet has given its blessing to the purchase going ahead as soon as all the legal formalities can be dealt with.

“The sale will be conditional on obtaining planning approval for a development of ‘mixed tenure’ new homes, some of which would be sold on the open market whilst others would be available for rent and shared ownership.”

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