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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.”

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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)

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?

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed – 3 (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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Traffic fears over plans for 1350 new homes

Express and Echo

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.

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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.

#SWExeter Masterplan

The Comment section of the print edition of Express & Echo this week has an interesting article by Juliet Meadowcroft, Chair of Alphington Village Forum, New homes will destroy landscape. [Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear anywhere on E&E website!, but it is on Alphington Village Forum page].

E&E Comment | New homes will destroy landscape
E&E Comment | New homes will destroy landscape

Juliet’s Comment piece was written in response to an earlier E&E news item, New ‘city village’ will bring traffic chaos, says councillor [E&E Print edition, 04 June 2015], quoting Cllr Alan Connett.

In her article, Juliet makes reference to the LDA Design Masterplan for SW Exeter, a lengthy document published in 2012 whose purpose is to provide a framework to guide the future development of a sustainable urban extension to the south west of the City.

Juliet points out that the original masterplan showed “plenty of green space being left to the north of A379, including space for a primary school, but this has now all been changed”

SW Exeter Masterplan showing green
SW Exeter Masterplan showing green space on boundary between Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council areas

But that’s the problem with ALL masterplanning exercises – it’s a virtual jigsaw puzzle to show what could happen, rather than what would (or will) happen!

It’s a point made in the SW Exeter Masterplan itself:

7.0 Illustrative Masterplan
The illustrative masterplan is a tool to communicate how the application of the masterplan study could shape development in the growth area; it is not a detailed layout that responds to every aspect of the growth area in detail – it is simply to give an impression of how the area could be when developed. It shows one possible outcome of the application of the framework plans – other outcomes may be equally valid provided that the fundamental framework principles are adhered to.

As parts of the growth area come forward for development, individual masterplans or framework plans will need to be produced, reflecting the principles set out by the framework plans. As development is designed and takes place it will inevitably  evolve from that illustrated here to reflect the requirements, best practice, and market forces of the time. However, as long as development is guided by the masterplan frameworks, it should most importantly be deliverable and produce a sustainable and successful urban extentson.

Since the SW Masterplan was published [in 2011], more work has been carried out resulting in 2 documents published in 2014:
ECC – SW Alphington Development Brief; and
TDC – SW Exeter Development Framework
and these will plot the course of future development of SW Exeter.

One of the most serious aspects of development for SW Exeter revolves around transport issues.

Section 2.9 looks at current access and movement through SW Exeter, while Section 6.2 looks at the future access and movement framework.

While 6.2 sets out what is needed, the proposals were set out in less austere times, and there was the hope that there would be no problem in funding these requirements. My fear is that under the current funding regime, although the need is the same, the required funds will not be forthcoming.

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