Green light to demolish Exeter sheltered accommodation units and build 92 energy-efficient apartments

Proposals for an energy-efficient 92-apartment development in Whipton, Exeter, have been approved by city council planning chiefs. 

Existing sheltered accommodation buildings of Whipton Barton House, in Vaughan Road, will be demolished as part of the project.

The new Passivhaus standard dwellings will be arranged in three- and four-storey blocks around the perimeter of the site – with a communal garden and play area at its centre.

Blueprints included 33 one-bed and 59 two-bed units, eight of which will be wheelchair accessible.

Sixty of the 92 flats will be ‘affordable’.

Exeter City Council’s planning committee gave the bid the go-ahead at its February meeting.

Officers had recommended that the Exeter City Living Ltd application be approved.

Exeter: In red, the area of the redevelopment of Whipton Barton House into 92 apartments.

In red, the area of the redevelopment of Whipton Barton House into 92 apartments.

They said the existing sheltered housing facilities are partially-vacant and are considered to represent an underdevelopment of the site, adding.

A report to the committee said: “As a windfall site, and mindful of the position regarding a five-year housing supply, the opportunity to provide a sustainable housing scheme in an area which is well served by public transport and is in close proximity to local shops, facilities, park and schools is welcomed.

“This is a sustainable scheme that makes better us of the site than it currently does.

“There is no objection to demolition of the dwellings on the site for residential development with a net gain in residential accommodation.”

An artist's impression of the Vaughan Road scheme in Exeter.

An artist’s impression of the Vaughan Road scheme in Exeter.

Calling for the plans to be approved, Councillor Rachel Sutton said the scheme was what the community wanted.

She added: “The existing buildings on the site don’t contribute positively and are not a good use of the land.”

Cllr Emma Morse added: “This will rejuvenate the part of the city. I welcome the affordable housing and a well-designed piece in my community.”

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