Detailed plans submitted for 317 homes in Exmouth as part of scheme that features land for new school and commercial use

Detailed plans have been submitted for 317 homes in Exmouth as part of proposals which also feature land for a new primary school and commercial use.

The application for Goodmores Farm, off Hulham Road and Dinan Way, specifies the mooted estate’s layout, appearance, road designs and open space provision.

Five per cent of the proposed dwellings would be ‘affordable’.

Residential, open space, commercial and education elements are proposed for the Exmouth site. Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

Residential, open space, commercial and education elements are proposed for the Exmouth site. Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

Eagle Investments Ltd has already secured outline permission for up to 350 homes on the plot after its original blueprints were narrowly approved by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Development Management Committee in July 2018.

It also secured the go-ahead for five-and-a-half acres of the site to be utilised for mixed-use employment and commercial purposes, and the provision of land for a primary school.

The firm has now submitted a reserved matters application – detailing layout, scale, appearance and landscaping – for 317 residential units, associated roads, open space, and an attenuation basin for water run-off.

From the planning application for 317 homes. Residential, open space, commercial and education elements are proposed for the Exmouth site. Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

From the planning application for 317 homes. Residential, open space, commercial and education elements are proposed for the Exmouth site. Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

“The principles set out for residential estate design are to provide a safe, attractive and convenient environment for residents,” say the plans.

Sixteen of the new homes would be ‘affordable’, with the rest being open market properties.

A mixture of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses are intended.

The site is off Hulham Road and Dinan Way in Exmouth.

The site is off Hulham Road and Dinan Way in Exmouth.

An aerial view of the land earmarked for development.

An aerial view of the land earmarked for development.

The development would be positioned around a large, green open space ‘focal point’ that would also accommodate the proposed school and a possible communal laying field.

“This open space acts as the linking element for the site’s commercial, education and residential areas,” say the plans.

A wooded play park and an orchard with fruit trees also feature in the plans.

The different phases of the Exmouth scheme. Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

The application states the site can be split into four ‘key elements’ – open space; education; residential; and commercial.

Education is said to be ‘central to the development and acts as a key focal point’.

“The residential has been arranged as to create a good mix and range across the site to create a sense of community and not cause segregation,” say the proposals.

“The commercial areas will be located to take advantage of public highways access and vehicular footfall along Hulham Road.

“While still part of the rest of the development to be accessed and have its facilities utilised by residents, it will be segregated by landscaping and the road network to minimize impacts of noise, smell and traffic. “

Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

It is proposed the estate will adopt 20mph speed limits to discourage through-traffic – with restricting bends, carriageway narrowing and shared surface areas suggested to slow vehicles down.

The application adds: “As part of the upgrade to Dinan Way, two new pedestrian crossing points will be provided to give pedestrians a safe and convenient place to cross the main road.

“A great network of footways and cycleways are to be provided around the site to encourage residents to make sustainable travel choices and educe car use in the area.”

Most dwellings will have at least two private parking spaces or utilise shared parking courts.

Affordable units would be split between shared ownership and rented accommodation.

Five per cent of these would be completed in the first phase of development, according to the application.

Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

Image: Eagle Investments Ltd/ ARA Architecture

A long-awaited £12million Dinan Way extension, being driven by Devon County Council, has planning permission, is fully designed and is waiting for government funding.

It is hoped the ‘missing link’ road will cut congestion and HGVs using Exmouth town centre by creating a new connection to the busy A376.

Exmouth Town Council pledges £158,000 of community cash to long-awaited Dinan Way extension

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