Sixty homes planned for former school site in Exeter

Plans have been revealed for 60 new homes on the grounds of the former St Luke’s High School in Exeter.

Proposals by LiveWest – which include 21 affordable dwellings –  are for land to the west of Ringswell Avenue.

Documents submitted with the scheme say that it aims to create an ‘attractive, quality development’.

The plot already has full planning consent for 48 homes with an access off Ringswell Avenue.

However, the new application ask for an additional 12 homes to be built and would also have an access from Ribston Avenue.


In red, the rough outline of the site.

The application states: “The benefit of the proposed development is the delivery of market and affordable homes for which there is a demonstrable need.

“The site is located within a predominately residential area of the city that has good accessibility to a range of services, facilities and jobs.

“Future connections to land to the west have been considered and a provision made so that Devon County Council can deliver a pedestrian route through to Warwick Avenue.

“As the site lies within the existing built-up area of Exeter, and, combined with the optimal connections forged to the site’s surroundings, it will ensure the longevity of the site’s new residential community.

“There are no adverse impacts that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the proposal and as such planning permission should be granted without delay.”

The current site in Ringswell Avenue, Exeter.

The current site in Ringswell Avenue, Exeter.

Of the 21 homes proposed to be delivered as affordable, 15 will be made available for social rent and six for shared ownership.

Exeter City Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.

The former St Luke’s High School buildings have already been demolished and the site cleared ready for redevelopment.

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