Developer behind 36-home Exmouth scheme asks for more time to deliver last affordable dwellings – so it can sell private properties

A developer has asked for more time to deliver the final affordable homes on a 36-dwelling scheme in Mudbank Lane, Exmouth.

Housing association LiveWest wants to change the legal agreement it has with East Devon District Council (EDDC) so it can first cash in on the plot’s remaining private properties.

Permission was granted in 2017 for the firm to redevelop the site with a 50/50 split between affordable and open market dwellings.

The plot was formerly occupied by the Exebank and Danby House care homes.

LiveWest says it now has three open market and four affordable properties to complete.

Its existing ‘Section 106’ legal bond with EDDC states all affordable homes must be available before to the occupation of the last open market dwelling.

The developer has now asked for permission to complete the final private homes – and to finish the affordable properties within six months of this.

Katie Wakefield, development planning manager for LiveWest, has told EDDC in a letter: “The contractor proposes to carry out the groundworks for the remaining open market plots (10,11 and 12) from Halsdon Avenue rather than Mudbank lane to minimise disruption to the existing neighbours, and so the remaining affordable plots 27-30 will be left down until the work to plots 10,11 and 12 have been completed.

“LiveWest require the sale of the remaining open market plots (10,11 and 12) by the end of March 2020 to support the affordable delivery programme.

“We therefore ask whether it will be possible to agree a further variation to complete and make available for occupation the last four affordable homes within six months following build completion of the final market dwelling.

“As a leading registered provider in the region, LiveWest will ensure that the remaining affordable homes are delivered.”

LiveWest is even willing to pay a financial contribution if the final affordable homes are not made available for occupation before an agreed date, according to the application.

EDDC will now decide on the bid.

The land was formerly owned by Devon County Council and was once occupied by care homes Danby House, Exebank and what used to be the Marjorie Moore Centre.

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