Councilors approve changes to road layout for 298 house program in Exmouth

District Councilors have supported the re-alignment of a 298-house ‘crazy’ development in Exmouth.

This will simplify the design of the freeways around the corner of the Goodmores Farm development on Hulham Road, writes local democracy reporter Joe Ives.

Now, instead of the southwest part having two loop roads, there will only be one.

It is hoped that this will reduce the risk of flooding from surface water runoff.

The amendment will see the total number of dwellings reduced from one to 298.

The East Devon District Council (EDDC) planning committee unanimously supported a partial planning request for matters reserved for development at its December meeting.

The new route with a simplified road network. Image: ARA Architecture

Exmouth Halsden representative councilor Paul Millar commented on the proposals: “I continue to oppose this planning request along the same lines as Exmouth City Council, and will do my best to delay and thwart this intellectually incoherent and crazy project that should never have been approved in the draft.

Cllr Millar told the committee that the proposed 16 “affordable” units were “shockingly low”.

Exmouth Littleham Ward Member Cllr Bruce De Saram said: “With great reluctance – and I stress with great reluctance – I will have to support the approval.”

The Town of Exmouth representative, Cllr Olly Davey, welcomed the reduction in the amount of tarmac that will be laid as a result of the route changes.

However, he reiterated earlier arguments about the plans and said: “This is a 20th century development and not really fit for the 21st century.”

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