Monday 06 July 2015
by Rob Sims
A RESIDENTS’ group is organising a public meeting to discuss plans for hundreds of new homes in the city.
And it has expressed concern over proposals for another large development planned for Alphington.
The new plans are one of three applications currently under consideration for the area, which together could see the development of more than 1,300 new homes in the area.
The latest outline application is for 350 new houses to be built in Alphington village.
It was recently submitted to Exeter City Council by NPS South West, the Devon County Council agent for landowners Devon County Council, St Bridget’s Nursery and Loram Trustees.
Alphington Village Forum Chairman Juliet Meadowcroft said the application contained little detail.
She said: “The forum committee inspected these plans at our meeting on Monday and were not impressed – they show so little detail of interest to local residents.
“Despite that, we are keen to display them at a public meeting, as our forum members have been waiting a long time for them.”
The meeting will display plans submitted both to Exeter City Council, and to Teignbridge District Council by developers Bovis and Westcountry Land.
Juliet said: “These three lots of outline plans are for approximately 1,350 new houses, that will completely cover the lovely arable fields between Alphington and the A379, but without any new infrastructure or facilities of any kind.”
She added: “The occupants of these homes, including approximately 350 primary schoolchildren, will have to walk some distance and across a new bridge over the four-lane A379 in order to get to the planned local centre, comprising the school, surgery, sports centre and shops.
“In bad weather, we are sure they will go by car and block up the roads even more than they are at present and the A379 will become a bottle neck.”
Apart from reports on various topics such as ecology, archaeology, landscape, and flooding, the item of main interest in the Alphington plans are the roads traversing the two developments each side of Chudleigh Road, called Aldens Farm East and Aldens Farm West, according to the forum.
They both have access o nto Chudleigh Road, the one on the east side joining up with the old Dawlish Road and the one on the west side with Shillingford Road.
The more detailed plans showing exactly where the houses are going to be built, the size, design and the density, will only be available once the developers have bought the land from Devon County Council and the other two much smaller landowners.
The open meeting will be held in the village hall on Friday 17 July between 3pm and 8pm.
Juliet added: “Forum committee members will be in attendance at the public meeting to help you with any queries and encourage you to send your comments to Paul Jeffery at Exeter City Council, where the plans are also on view.”
For further details of the public meeting visit the website http://www.alphingtonforum.co.uk.