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20 August 2015

Alphington Village Forum has approved of the county council’s new site for a park and ride on the Ide side of the A30 instead of the original plan for it on the other side of the road on part of the Alphin Brook conservation area.

In its sreponse the Forum said: “The Alphington Village Forum, representing the residents of the village, strongly opposed the use of an area designated as a conservation area and a valley park being converted to a concreted Park &Ride.

“There are few enough green spaces like this in Alphington and we need to preserve them.

“We would be happy to accept the development of the so-called Round Field as the future Park & Ride if there really must be one at the A30/Alphington junction.

“However, we don’t believe it will help very much with the terrible traffic congestion currently on Alphington Road as this will just fill up again with all the cars coming from the 2,500 new homes being built in the near future in South West Exeter.

“Also, we cannot image drivers wishing to leave their cars in order to sit on a crowded bus in a slow-moving traffic jam!

“For that reason, we suggest that the park & ride bus goes the opposite way, past the entrance to Ide and then turn right at the T-junction and up over Dunsford Hill and down Cowick Street. It could also pick up residents from Ide on the way.”

Public consultation event on proposed new site for SW Exeter Park & Ride

For many years, Devon County Council has maintained that the only possible site for a Park & Ride scheme to serve the west of Exeter. So much so, DCC have already tried – unsuccessfully – to give permission to 2 planning applications on the site of Oaklands Riding Stables (owned by the Newberry family)

Trying for third time lucky, DCC were in the process of submitting an application earlier this year – so confident were they, that a workshop for key stakeholders was arranged and advertised. This was cancelled at a week’s notice.

Thanks to the hard work of Juliet Meadowcroft, Chair of Alphington Village Forum, a new site – the Round Field also owned by the Newberrys – was considered as a suitable alternative to theOakdlnds fields.

This new site is adjacent to the A30/A377 interchange (between the westbound A30 slip road and the road that leads out towards Ide).

On 21 July 2015, DCC launched a public consultation and this was accompanied with an event at West Exe School.

ALPHINGTON P&R: Introduction
ALPHINGTON P&R: Introduction

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed - 2 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed – 2 (of 3)

This graphic is interesting!

It shows the traffic flow along Alphington Road. I can quote it like a mantra ” 1000 cars an hour in both directions between 7am and 7pm”. I’ve known and loved this factoid since I started to take an interest in the siting of a Park & Ride.

But since then, DCC have carried out improvements alterations along Alphington Road and constructed the Grace Road Link into Marsh Barton, so I’m surprised that the graph doesn’t reference when the data they used was taken.

Is this previous data presented again? Or has there been a new survey since the failure of the 2011 planning application?

No-one at the event could provide an answer.

But even more curious is the pie-chart (apart from the use of percentages rather than actual numbers) – and the idea that 60% of the traffic using the Alphington Road corridor originates to the EAST of the city.

If this the case, why is the new Park & Ride scheme being developed to the WEST?

Once again, the pie-chart bears no clue as to when the survey was carried out. Could it be that the survey contributing to this graphic was taken during 2014 when Junction 29 was being remodelled?

ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed - 3 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed – 3 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 1 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 1 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 3 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 1 (of 4)
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#SWExeter | Alphington holds public meeting to display plans for new homes

Alphington holds public meeting to display plans for new homes

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The outline plans for the 350 new houses to be built in Alphington village have at last been submitted to Exeter City Council by NPS South West, the Devon County Council agent for the landowners, who are Devon County Council, St Bridget’s Nursery and Loram Trustees.

“The Alphington Village Forum committee inspected these plans at our meeting on Monday and were not impressed, as they show so little detail of interest to local residents”, said Chairman Juliet Meadowcroft.

“Despite that, we are keen to display them at a public meeting, as our Forum members have been waiting a long time for them. We are therefore holding an Open Meeting in the village hall on Friday, 17 July, between 3pm and 8pm, in order to display both the Exeter City Council plans and the Teignbridge District Council ones already submitted by the developers, Bovis and Westcountry Land.”

“These three lots of outline plans are for approx 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. The occupants of these homes, including approx 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 theroads 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, flooding etc, 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.

They both have access onto 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.

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 onview.

For further details, please see www.alphingtonforum.co.uk

For reference, the application numbers are:

15/0640/01 – Alden Farm East, Land between Chudleigh Road and Dawlish Rd

15/0641/01 – Alden Farm West, Land between Shillingford Road and Chudleigh Road.

ALPHINGTON FORUM | Ombudman’s Decision

The Alphington Viilage Forum have had serious concerns over who the consultation for Exeter’s Core Strategy , our local development framework, was carried out and make an application to the Local Government Ombudsman over the matter.

I had sight of the Ombudsman’s decision today.

The complaint
1. Mr A complained that the Council failed to consult residents in Alphington over a proposal to build 500 homes there and that local elected members did not inform residents of the proposals.

The Ombudsman’s final decision:

I am satisfied that Exeter City Council conducted an appropriate level of consultation with local residents and groups over proposals to build new homes in their area as part of its Core Strategy.
Final decision
For the reasons I have explained, I do not uphold the complaint. I am satisfied that the Council’s notification to residents was in keeping with what it was required to do and there was no maladministration in the process it followed.
An interesting comment is found in the What I Found section.
I cannot say whether the three local ward councillors passed on information to the local residents about the proposals once they were provided with the facts. Any concerns about the performance of their duties could have been referred to
the Council’s Standards Committee.
Just to note -without comment – that the councillors at the time were all Liberal Democrats, namely:
Cllr Vanessa Newcombe;
Cllr Paul Smith; and
Cllr Peter Wadham, who as Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development and Transport was responsible for delivery of the Core Strategy [and any consultation on it ] between April 2008 and September 2010.
The full decision is due to be published here in the near future

Latest news on Alphington park and ride planning permission

Latest update from Stop Alphington Park and Ride campaign

Devon County Council, in the face of all the opposition,  Exeter City Council coming out against the park and ride,  and ever decreasing public money -are still pressing ahead with their plans to build an 800 space car park on the edge of Alphington and Cowick.

Late February  2012
The additional information, to support the planning application, that Devon County Council’s team have been putting together, is due to be submitted. Assuming this happens, the process will then be:

7th  March
Agenda item at Development Management Committee. For information only ie no decision, and recommending a further site visit by the committee members

March 2012?
DCC should inform everyone who objected last time around, about the new information and give people 30 days to get their comments on the information and any revised application material, to the County Council ie a second round of public consultation

Late March/early April 2012  –
Members’ site visit and site meeting.  (The site meeting is supposed to be some kind of public meeting, but the details are not at all clear).

6 June 2012
Full report at Development Managment Committee for a decision ie saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the planning permission application.

Stop Alphington Park and Ride will be doing all it can to encourage and coordinate people who want to add their voice to those objecting to this hugely wasteful and wrong-headed planning application. All offers of help gratefully received.