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: 1 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed – 1 (of 3)

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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?- 2 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 2 (of 3)

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

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 1 (of 2)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 1 (of 2)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 2 (of 2)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 2 (of 2)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 1 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 1 (of 4)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 2 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 2 (of 4)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 3 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 3 (of 4)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 4 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 4 (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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