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The hunt has begun for a suitable site in East Devon where a proposed new town with up to 8,000 homes could be built, the district council has revealed. The move comes as the district council announced on Monday (August 8) it has instructed internationally-known consultancy firm CBRE to scrutinise its proposed design and construction for around 8,000 homes and amenities in the north west area of East Devon. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said CBRE is leading a team to pinpoint a site and advise on its practicality, infrastructure, planning, design, environmental measures and construction options. It is hoped…

Retirement flats are to be built on the site of the old cattle market in Honiton, with the creation of more than 100 jobs. Churchill Retirement Living on Wednesday (July 27) announced it had been granted permission to build 57 apartments on the former cattle market site, in Silver Street, Honiton, after a successful planning appeal. The retirement living developer said the new homes will plough £440,000 a year back into the local economy and support more than 112 jobs both during and after construction. Although a date has yet to be announced for the work to begin, construction will…

A development of 184 new homes – 64 affordable – will be built next to IKEA in Exeter, writes local democracy reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Exeter City Council’s planning committee this week approved the Bovis Homes application for land between the Swedish store’s car park and the nearby railway line. The go-ahead comes after a previous plan for the site was rejected, with the decision being upheld at appeal. A revised layout was then submitted which reduced the number of houses. A third of the properties will be classed as ‘affordable’ – typically defined as up to 80 per cent of…

Affordable homes being built at an eco-friendly development in East Devon will have solar panels and air source heat pumps. Burrington Estates recently secured planning permission to build 34 ‘sustainable’ new homes at Winslade Park, in Clyst St Mary, East Devon, including four affordable two and three-bedroom properties. The developer said the new homes – including the affordable properties – will have air source heat pumps for hot water, underfloor heating, and solar panels ‘as standard’. Eco-friendly additions across the development include electric car charging points, bee bricks, bat boxes and bird boxes. And ten trees for each new home…

Disused barns at Exton in East Devon will be converted into new homes although concerns were raised that they will be built near a flood zone. The barns, next to a grade-II listed farmhouse on Exton Farm, are between Mill Lane, and the main A376 Exeter to Exmouth Road. which is said to flood at least four times a year, writes Joe Ives. The project involves converting one of the existing barns into three homes. The others will be demolished and seven houses built in their place alongside 21 parking spaces. The proposals were unanimously approved by East Devon District…

More than 150 affordable homes planned for East Devon and Exeter by a local housing association are around three years away from development. The Aster Group has announced it will build 290 affordable homes across Devon, with 102 set for Cranbrook and 61 in Matford, Exeter. The developer said the new homes  for Cranbrook and Matford are ‘planned for delivery’ by 2026. Amanda Williams, chief investment officer at Aster Group, said: “We are delighted that we will be able to bring 290 new affordable homes to communities across Devon where they are needed to help address a chronic shortage. “A…

The chief executive of one of the companies behind scores of homes in Cranbrook has labelled the new East Devon town a ‘real success’, despite the lack of a town centre. Paul Crawford, chief executive of LiveWest, one of the two main providers of affordable housing in Cranbrook, says a lack of confidence by retailers is the reason for the decade delay in building a town centre. He said: “If commerce and retail don’t have the appetite to let that space and therein lies the problem. It’s a bit like asking LiveWest to build houses that no one wants to…

Former public loos in Axminster are set to be converted into a home following a decision by the district council planning committee. The Castle Street toilets, in Axminster town centre conservation area, have been given permission by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to be converted into a one-bedroom property. The transformation will include an extra storey and several external changes. The building, thought to date back to the early 1950s, was sold by EDDC around 15 years ago and has mainly been used for storage. Plans for the former public loo include a ground-floor study, hall, bedroom, plus an upper-floor…

Football-mad brothers from Honiton who went without presents so their family could afford to buy their own home have been rewarded for their selflessness. Schoolboys James and Dean Manvell, who recently moved into a new-build three-bedroom home, at Hayne Farm, in Honiton, helped their parents save for a deposit through forfeiting birthday and Christmas presents. When developer Baker Estates heard of the brothers’ sacrifices, site manager Robin Palmer stepped in and gifted footballs and a goal post for the boys’ new garden. The youngsters’ mum, Michelle, said the boys had given up treats for almost a year while the family…

Community groups, businesses and individuals keen to rent a riverside building in Sidmouth are invited to pitch ideas to the town council. The empty Ham utility building, at the northern end of the Ham, in Riverside Road, could be available to rent through Sidmouth Town Council, for ‘community or commercial-based activities’. Proposals and interest in the building must be emailed to the council by 5pm on Tuesday, November 30. A Sidmouth Town Council spokesman said: “The council is particularly keen to receive proposals which could assist in helping to promote the town, reflecting the new Visit Sidmouth destination branding and…

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