Developer scraps top floors in changes to homes and hotel plans for Harlequins shopping centre in Exeter

Top floors have been scrapped in revised plans to turn the Harlequins shopping centre in Exeter into homes and a hotel. 

Developer Curlew has changed its proposals for the second time to reduce the height of the mooted building and address more than 100 objections.

The amendments follow discussions with city council officers and Historic England representatives, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.

The  ‘co-living’ homes scheme, thought to be the first of its kind in the South West, also features a hotel with bar and restaurant.

Alterations will see accommodation removed from the upper floors of both blocks of homes and changes to the facades of both buildings.

This means there will be total of 251 co-living bedrooms, eight fewer than originally planned, in the first block.

There will also be 116 rooms in he hotel – down from 129.

The existing Harlequins shopping centre in Exeter. Image: Daniel Clark

The existing Harlequins shopping centre in Exeter. Image: Daniel Clark

In a covering letter explaining the revisions, the applicant says: “As we have done throughout the process, we have listened to comments and made amendments where possible to reflect concerns.

“The removal of the top floor level from both block two and the rear section of block one helps to provide an improved transition in height between the new development and the St David’s and Central conservation areas, resulting in a scheme which improves its response to the natural topography with both blocks stepping down in height along Paul Street towards the Iron Bridge and North Street.

“The removal of a full-storey height from block two will also lessen the impact on 42 Northernhay Street with the removal of space on block one, reducing the impact on No39, both of them Grade II listed buildings.”

The statement says the scheme will also see the creation of a ‘pocket park’ and improvements to the ‘urban realm’ of Paul Street.

Plans also feature 200 cycle parking spaces and a replacement of the pedestrian bridge over Paul Street with a modern, lightweight structure.

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

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Exeter: Plans submitted to redevelop Harlequins shopping centre into homes and hotel

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