City council backs plans for 1,000 homes
Almost 1,000 new homes will be built in Exeter after eight planning applications were given the go-ahead by the city council at two separate meetings.
Among the approved applications are for 190 homes at Bishopscourt Quarry, off Hill Barton Road.
Three of the approved developments are at Newcourt, while the others are on Earl Richards Road and Mount Wear House on Countess Wear Road.
Proposals also include over 200 affordable homes and contributions to local infrastructure, such as roads and schools.
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Richard Short, assistant director of city development, said: "Presently there is only one major housebuilder on site in Exeter. These decisions will enable starts to be made next year on half a dozen other sites enabling the completion of many more new homes. This will provide much needed housing, including affordable homes, fund infrastructure and create local employment."
The council's planning committee also raised no objection to a school extension, approved details of a hotel and agreed the expansion of Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park to a 20,000 capacity stadium with major new conference facilities.