700 new homes praised as an 'exciting concept'
ANOTHER 700 homes are to be built between Exeter and Topsham. The Dart family's plans for Seabrook Orchards, behind Topsham FC's ground, was unanimously backed by Exeter's planning committee.
A major objection to the scheme had come from Dukeminster, developer of a neighbouring site, with its representative claiming that a link road had to be built at the outset to avoid traffic congestion.
However, Brian Hensley, from Devon County Council highways department, assured the committee that the link was 'desirable but not essential'.
Members of Exeter Golf and Country Club sent in 316 letters of objection.
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However, the agent for the Dart family said that they were happy to keep communicating with the golf club, and added that it would be many years before there was any development next to the club.
He said he was confident that agreement between the two would be reached before then.
Members of the planning committee praised the scheme, which will deliver not just homes, with 25 per cent being low-cost, but a primary school, community hall, doctors' surgery, sports fields, play areas and a contribution of £1.7m for a new railway halt at Newcourt.
Topsham councillor Rob Newby said he thought the development was an exciting concept.
Councillor Rachel Sutton said she felt it was a genuine attempt to grow a local community.