Plan to add apartment block to major Exeter housing development is unveiled

Plans have been unveiled to add an extra apartment block to a 400-home development on a plot next to an Exeter supermarket. 

A proposed 51-dwelling construction would act as a ‘gateway building’ to the major scheme off Prince Charles Road, next to Morrisons.

The site, near to Exmouth Junction, has historically been a railway goods, sidings and coal concentration yard.

Exeter City Council gave the go-ahead for a £90million development boasting 400 homes, a care facility and a ‘village green’ in March. Work is due to begin before the end of the year.

Now Eutopia Homes has asked for permission to add an L-shaped apartment block consisting of 26 one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom, and five three-bedroom homes.

In red, the development site. Image: Google Maps

In red, the development site. Image: Google Maps

It would boast a ‘communal amenity’ for residents on the ground-floor, roof terraces, and more than 100 cycle spaces.

There would also be improvements around the entrance to the site to connect into existing cycle paths and the widening of existing footways to Prince Charles Road is also promised.

The plans state: “The highly sustainable location of the site allows for a car-free scheme to be proposed.

“Prospective residents will be aware, prior to considering whether to rent an apartment, that there are no residents’ parking spaces available and that there are wider parking restrictions in place in the surrounding area.

“Notwithstanding this, it is recognised that there may be a small number of residents who may prefer to have access to a car for certain journey purposes.

“In response to this, in the south-west corner of the site, it is proposed to create space for a car club, and dedicated space is to be provided for up to two vehicles which will be made available to members for flexible periods of time.”

The application adds: “The development represents a well-designed, efficient and sustainable, high-quality, residential development.”

Exeter City Council planners will determine the fate of the application.

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