Plans for 350 Exmouth homes and new park clear final planning hurdle

LHC’s masterplan and architectural vision for 350 new homes at Plumb Park in Exmouth has cleared the final hurdle, being granted approval by East Devon District Council recently.

LHC was commissioned by landowner, Clinton Devon Estates in 2013, to develop the masterplan. The sensitively designed, sustainable development achieved outline planning consent in 2014, and LHC have continued to be involved in the project as quality and technical advisors to Clinton Devon Estates.

The vision aimed to create a legacy development with high quality, socially balanced housing focused around a new public park, which would meet the existing and future needs of the town. The development includes a good percentage of affordable family housing with gardens, access to open space, a community orchard and allotments and a major new hill top park on Donkey Hill which enjoys panoramic views. Accessibility to the countryside will be improved with new footpath links, and enhanced hedgerow and wildlife habitats will improve bio-diversity.

The masterplan builds upon the best of the parkland estates and garden suburb movement, with housing designed along a series of tree lined avenues with green verges and park drives running around the base of the park. Individual homes will be inspired by the rich Arts & Crafts tradition in the town. High quality materials will be used such as real slate, clay tile hangings, timber windows and local stone.

The project is being taken forward by house-developer Taylor Wimpey in association with Clinton Devon Estates.

John Baulch, LHC Director and designer of the original masterplan, said:

“We’re extremely proud of Plumb Park and look forward to it being realised in the near future. It demonstrates how a landowner with the best interests of the local community at heart, teamed with our expertise in designing sustainable developments, can create a scheme of lasting quality and benefit.”