A ‘second Cranbrook’ as a new town on the edge of Exeter is among the plans for new homes as part of the East Devon Local Plan. The new development could include up to 8,000 new homes along with a range of community facilities and amenities.
Daniel Clark www.devonlive.com
As part of the new draft Local Plan for East Devon, a new community has been identified as the best way to meet the required targets for housing growth, Housing provision will be made for at least 18,920 dwellings to be delivered in the plan area in the plan period by 2040, with at least 4,070 new homes should be affordable.
Councillors on Tuesday are set to recommend endorsement of the draft local plan which outlines plans for further housing growth across the district over the next 20 years. The Strategic Planning Committee are recommended to approval the plan for consultation.
The preferred site for the new town would span land north of the A3052 near Crealy Adventure Park to the A30 near Exeter Airport. The indicative boundary would see it spread towards Farringdon in the east, and out towards Westpoint to the west. To the north, it would run towards the junction between the A30 and Exeter Airport, and across the farmland between the sites.
Option 1 – the preferred option – for a new town in East Devon
An alternative location to be consulted on, but the second favourite, is a site which spans from the edge of Clyst St George to the west, to Woodbury Salterton to the east. The boundary of the site would head towards the edge of Woodbury to the south, while to the north, would run as far as land next to Crealy Adventure Park and the Cliff Hill Training Ground.
The plan would focus new development on the western side of the district, including a new settlement and other major strategic development close to Exeter, as well as promote significant development at the Principal Centre of Exmouth and the Main Centres of Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Sidmouth to serve their own needs and that of the wider surrounding areas.
It would plan to support development at the Local Centres of Broadclyst, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Lympstone, and Woodbury that meets local needs and those in the immediate surroundings, and allow limited development to meet local needs at the Service Villages of Beer, Branscombe, Broadhembury, Chardstock, Clyst St Mary, Dunkeswell, East Budleigh, Exton, Feniton, Hawkchurch, Kilmington, Musbury, Newton Poppleford, Otterton, Payhembury, Plymtree, Sidbury, Stoke Canon, Tipton St John, Uplyme, Westclyst, West Hill and Whimple.
Cranbrook is not addressed in this local plan as a Cranbrook specific plan was adopted in autumn 2022 and the Cranbrook Plan will oversee its development until this local plan and the Cranbrook Plan are superseded by a new plan or plans that will be produced, probably in the late 2020s or early 2030s. A further 5,514 homes are already allocated in that document.
Here are all the proposed allocations for housing sites across East Devon as part of the Local Plan.
THE NEW TOWN
Local plan policy will provide for a second new town in East Devon on land in close proximity to the City of Exeter. This scale of proposed development will help ensure that a wide range of services and facilities will be provided at the new town with sufficient monies generated to support substantive infrastructure provision.
Amongst other key facilities this scale of development will be appropriate to ensure that a secondary school is planned and built to serve the new town with potential capacity to also support needs generated from surrounding areas. A new town will be a long time in the planning and it is unlikely that any new homes will be completed until around 2030. The second new town will, therefore, see most of its development happening outside of the life of this local plan and potentially running beyond the mid-point of the 21st Century.
Land at/close to Exeter, to the south of Junction 30 of the M5 offers an exciting opportunity for new mixed use development. This land lies to the east of the M5 Motorway and offers scope to accommodate a suggestion of approximately 580 new homes.
This land suggested for development abuts, to the south, land in the City of Exeter that is currently being built out for housing development. There are a range of sites and land parcels in the city itself between the city boundary with East Devon and Topsham that are being developed or have planning permission. Any development in East Devon should be seen within, and planned within, the context of city development as well.
The currently adopted local plan allocates a strategic site to the east of the town as an urban extension and this includes provision for an Axminster relief road. A masterplan envisaged the delivery of up to 850 houses, a school, employment land and a distributor road. However, there are very significant viability issues concerning the delivery of the relief road which would require in the region of £15million of public money to deliver. It is very unlikely that such funding will become available, and it is not recommended that the new local plan includes policy for a relief road to the east of Axminster because we cannot demonstrate that it could be implemented.
· Land east of Lyme Road and Pestaller Farm, Beavor Lane – This site is allocated for 293 dwellings and 1 hectare of employment land. This is a preferred allocation
· Land east of Chard Road – It is allocated for 2 hectares of employment land. It is a preferred allocation for employment use only.
· Land west of Chard Road. This land is proposed for 150 dwellings and 0.6 hectares of employment land. This is a preferred allocation.
· Land east of Musbury Road. This land is proposed for 168 dwellings and 0.6 hectares of employment land. This is a preferred allocation
· Land at Axminster Carpets. This land is allocated for mixed use redevelopment to retain the existing employment use and accommodate 50 dwellings plus additional employment uses.
· Scott Rowe Building, Axminster Hospital, Chard Road. This land is allocated for 10 dwellings. This is a preferred allocation.
· Land at Lea Combe, Field End. This land is allocated for 9 dwellings. It is a preferred allocation
· Great Jackleigh Farm. This land is allocated for 270 dwellings and 1 hectare of employment land. This is a ‘second choice’ site.
· Land east of Lyme Close. This land is allocated for 100 dwellings and 0.4 hectares of employment land. This is a ‘second choice’ site.
Exmouth is by some way the largest town in East Devon and it contains the greatest number and range of services and facilities, it has been categorised as the only Tier 1 settlement. There are strategically positive reasons why Exmouth could be a good future location for growth and development but it is also greatly constrained by areas of environmental importance and sensitivity.
· Land on the north-eastern side of Exmouth – this land on the north-eastern side of Exmouth is proposed for a mixed-use development to provide around 258 new homes and 1 hectare of employment land.
· Land at Douglas Gardens will form a small-scale residential extension on the southern side of Exmouth to accommodate around 44 new homes.
· Land close to Littleham will form a small-scale residential extension on the southern side of Exmouth to accommodate around 45 new homes
· This land south of Courtlands Lane will form a small-scale development on the northern side of Exmouth to accommodate around 12 new homes
· Land on the northern eastern side of Exmouth is proposed for a mixed-use development to provide 410 new homes and 1.6 hectares of employment and community uses land
· Land east of Liverton Business Park is allocated for employment uses and will form an extension to the existing business park and extends to around 3 hectares in size.
· Land to south of St John’s on the eastern side of Exmouth is proposed for proposed for 150 new homes and 0.6 hectares of employment land.
· Land at Courtlands Cross is proposed for 100 new homes and 0.4 hectares of employment land
The well connected and central to East Devon location of Honiton, and the fact that the town has a good range of existing facilities and services supporting a large surrounding hinterland, points to it being a good location in principle for further development. However, the town is heavily constrained by the AONBs and its outstanding landscape setting.
Whilst Honiton has many attributes that would point to it being a good location to look for a higher level of growth, particularly for new housing development, there are significant constraints on the outward expansion of the town
· Land on the western side of Hayne Lane, Gittisham, Honiton. The site is proposed for 5.5 ha of employment land and will form an extension to the existing Heathpark Industrial Estate
· Land to the West of Combe Garden Centre, Gittisham, Honiton. The site is proposed for 9.1 ha of employment land and will form an extension to the existing Heathpark Industrial Estate
· Land at Heathfield, East of Hayne Lane, will form a smallscale residential extension on the West of Honiton to accommodate around 79 new homes.
· Land to the north and south of King Street, will form a small-scale development in the centre of Honiton to accommodate around 40 new homes.
· This land is the Former Millwater School at Bottom Road, Littletown, which will form a small-scale development in the south part of Honiton to accommodate around 30 new homes
· Land adjacent to St Michaels Church, will form a smallscale residential extension on the southern side of Honiton to accommodate around 30 new homes.
· Land at Ottery Moor Lane, will form a small-scale residential extension on the northern side of Honiton to accommodate around 21 new homes.
· Land at Middle Hill, Church Hill, will form a small-scale residential extension on the southern side of Honiton to accommodate around 10 new homes.
· Land at Hurlakes, Northcote Hill, will form a small-scale residential extension on the eastern side of Honiton to accommodate around 30 new homes.
· Land south of Northcote Hill, will form a medium-scale residential extension on the eastern side of Honiton to accommodate around 100 new homes.
– Land to the west of Hayne Lane for around 100 homes
– land at Hayne Farm at Hayne Lane for around 31 homes.
OTTERY ST MARY
Ottery St Mary is located fairly centrally in the District, with good transport links to Exeter. It is outside of the AONB’s, and, whilst it doesn’t have a train station, it does have good bus links and access to the strategic road network Expansion to the north, south and east is heavily constrained by the narrow approach roads to the town, the extensive Conservation Area and settings of Grade 1 and 2* listed buildings, and the floodplain of The River Otter. Land to the west of the town is relatively unconstrained and there is potential for westward expansion.
· Land at Barrack Farm, on the western side of Ottery St Mary, is proposed for a mixed-use development to provide around 70 new homes and 1.25 hectare of employment land.
· Land, which lies west of the town, adjacent to the sports centre and school, will provide 90 new homes
· Land which lies north and south of Salston Barton, is proposed for 20 houses
· Garden site on the eastern side of the town at Slade Road is proposed for 8 houses.
· Land lies south of Strawberry Lane and is proposed for 60 houses.
· Land at Gerway Farm, off Sidmouth Road, is proposed for 40 houses
The population and range of community facilities and services in Seaton make it an appropriate place to locate a relatively large amount of housing and employment development. The amount of development should be limited to an extent, as new residents will need to travel elsewhere to access some strategic facilities which are lacking in Seaton (train station, secondary school, swimming pool).
· Land at Barnards Hill Lane is allocated for around 40 dwellings. In order to ensure no adverse effect on the integrity of the Beer Quarry and Caves SAC, suitable avoidance/mitigation/compensation measures will need to be identified.
· Land off Harepath Road is allocated for around 100 dwellings and 2.2 hectares of employment land. The employment land is located in the field immediately north of the existing Harepath Road Industrial Estate.
· Land at Clay Common is allocated for around 7 dwellings.
Social and economic factors make Sidmouth a suitable place to locate a relatively large amount of development, with a reasonably large population and a range of jobs, community facilities and services in the town. However, the outstanding natural environment – AONB to the west, north, and east, and the sea to south – presents a major constraint to the amount and location of new development.
· Land south west of Woolbrook Road, to the north west of Sidmouth, is proposed for 127 new homes and 0.51 hectare of employment land.
· Land west of Two Bridges Road, Sidford. The proposed allocation is land to the east of the site only with a reduced site area at a much lower capacity than the original submitted site. The site would form a small-scale development to the north of Sidford to accommodate around 30 new homes.
· Peak Coach House, (Numbers 1-3 Belfry Cottages), Cotmaton Road, to the south west coastal fringe of Sidmouth, is proposed for 11 new homes.
Whilst an allocation of around 175 dwellings would represent a sizeable expansion to the village, this is not considered unreasonable to accommodate given the village’s strategically attractive location and relative insensitivity of the sites proposed.
· Land at Heathfield (Southeast of Woodbury View), Broadclyst, is proposed for 15 new homes.
· Land west of Whimple Road, Broadclyst, is proposed for 136 new homes and 0.54 hectare of employment land.
· Land to east of Town End, Broadclyst, is proposed for 24 new homes and 0.1 hectare of employment land (Site is adjacent to Brcl_12).
The exceptional landscape quality and coastal location of Budleigh Salterton constrains its potential for development. Furthermore, there is limited potential for employment growth to address the existing lack of opportunities for local employment, although it is close to Exmouth with good bus links.
· Land adjacent to Clyst Hayes Farmhouse – Small parts of this site are a ‘second choice’ site for 50 new homes and 0.2 hectares of employment land.
· Land at Barn Lane are proposed as a ‘second choice’ allocation for 82 new homes and 0.3 hectares of employment land.
· Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital is allocated for 20 new homes. This is a preferred allocation.
The good level of services and facilities in Colyton suggest that it would be a good location in principle for some growth, although the majority of sites currently available for development are considered to be unsuitable. There is an outline planning permission for up to 72 new homes on previously developed land to the north west of the town (the Ceramtec site).
· Land at Hillhead is proposed for 25 new homes on the northern part of the site as a preferred choice with a further 24 on the southern part of the site being considered as a 2nd choice site.
Taking into account the opportunities and constraints, the village is considered a suitable location for a low to moderate level of growth in the Local Plan.
· Little Paddocks, 22 Underhill Crescent, Lympstone, is proposed for 14 new homes.
· Land at Meeting Lane, Lympstone, is proposed for 131 new homes and 0.52 hectare of employment land.
· Land north west of Strawberry Hill, Lympstone, is proposed for 46 new homes and 0.18 hectare of employment land.
· Land off Grange Close, Lympstone, is proposed for 6 new homes
The wide range of local facilities and services in Woodbury make it an appropriate place for development to meet local needs and those of immediate surrounds. The current relative lack of jobs in Woodbury provides justification for employment land to be delivered alongside housing.
· Land at Gilbrook (Wood_10) is allocated for around 60 dwellings and 0.24 hectares of employment land.
· Land south of Broadway (Wood_16) is allocated for around 67 dwellings and 0.27 hectares of employment land.
· Land east of Town Lane (Wood_20) is allocated for around 28 dwellings and 0.11 hectares of employment land.
· No allocation sites have been identified in Beer
· No allocation sites have been identified in Branscombe.
· Land opposite the Village Hall, is a ‘second choice’ allocation for 10 homes.
· – Land off Green Land, Chardstock, is proposed for 30 new homes and 0.12 hectare of employment land.
CLYST ST MARY
· Land north of Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, is proposed for 37 new homes and 0.15 hectare of employment land.
· Land at Bishops Court Lane, Clyst St Mary, is proposed for 35 new homes and 0.14 hectare of employment land.
· – Land at Bishops Court Lane, Clyst St Mary, is proposed for 30 new homes and 0.12 hectare of employment land.
· Broomfields, Dunkeswell, is proposed for 43 new homes and 0.17 hectare of employment land.
· No allocation sites have been identified in East Budleigh
· Land west of Oaklands is allocated for around 17 dwellings.
· Land north and east of Exton Farm (Wood_28) is allocated for around 33 dwellings and 0.13 hectares of employment land
· Land and buildings at Burland Mead in Feniton is allocated for around 42 dwellings
· Norton Store, Hawkchurch, Axminster, is proposed for 38 new homes and 0.15 hectare of employment land.
· Land east of George Lane, is a preferred allocation for 37 homes.
· Land to the west and south west of the Old Inn, is a ‘second choice’ site for 5 new homes.
· Land to the east of and off Whitford Road, between Ashes Farm and The Beacon Chapel, is a preferred allocation for 10 homes.
· Part of this site is allocated for 15 new homes with employment uses on a small part of the site fronting the A358, as provided for in the Baxter’s Farm Development Brief. This is a preferred allocation
· No allocation sites have been identified in Newton Poppleford.
· Land east of Hayes Close – is a ‘second choice’ allocation for 10 homes.
· Land adjacent to the North Star – is a ‘second choice’ allocation for 8 new homes
· Land at Hayes Lane – part of this site is a ‘second choice’ allocation for 5 new homes.
· No allocations are proposed for Payhembury
· No allocations are proposed for Plymtree
· Land South of Furzehill, Sidbury, is proposed for 38 new homes.
· No allocations are proposed for Stoke Canon
TIPTON ST JOHN
· Land South of Otter Close Tipton St John is a ‘second choice’ allocation for 45 homes. But in the event that land is allocated in Ottery St Mary for the relocation of the primary school in Tipton St John, then this potential allocation would not be taken forward.
· No allocations are proposed for Uplyme
· No allocation sites have been identified in Westclyst
· Land adjoining Wind Mill Lane is allocated for around 26 dwellings and 0.1 hectares of employment land.
· Land north and east of Eastfield is allocated for around 25 dwellings and 0.1 hectares of employment land
· Land at Station Road in Whimple is proposed for 33 new homes.