‘No plans’ to sell off popular Exeter public green space for housing

A popular open green space in the centre of Exeter is safe from being sold off for housing, according to the new leader of the city council.   

Fears had been raised for Northbrook Approach Golf Course, off Topsham Road, during a recent consultation over future building and potential sites.

Councillor Phil Bialyk has today announced that calls from the community over the plot have been listened to.

He said: “Following feedback from the public consultation on the future of the Northbrook Approach course, I am happy to confirm there are no plans for the council to sell or build on this site.

“We recognise that the Northbrook area is an open green space valued by all of us in our city, and, should the council ever need to consider alternative uses for any of this site, we will consult in detail with local residents well in advance.”


He said the recently unveiled vision Liveable Exeter – A Transformational Housing Delivery Programme has demonstrated how 12,000 new homes could be developed in the city over the next 20 years without the need to build on green open space.

Cllr Bialyk added: “Exeter has some fantastic green open spaces which are hugely important to us all.

“Over the last 18 months we have bought 13 acres of privately-owned land in order to expand Exeter’s valley parks; more green space for us all to enjoy.”

Northbrook Approach Golf Course, which is owned by Exeter City Council, is set in an open green space next to Exeter Crematorium and features a large number of mature trees.

The full results of the council’s Draft Built Facilitiesconsultation are still being assessed.

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