St Loye's residents give all-clear for new Exeter Morrisons
St Loye's residents have given a general all-clear for a new Morrisons store to be built on the Middlemoor police headquarters’ campus.
Two public meetings regarding the plans, one held at Clyst Heath School, the other at the nearby Toby Inn, drew some 70 residents, among them David Henson, city councillor for the ward.
Cllr Henson said: “Generally speaking people seemed quite pleased about Morrisons coming but there were concerns about the traffic problems that could result, particularly on the Honiton/Sidmouth roads junction.
“Now, at busy times, traffic can queue back a long way and we also have new homes coming to Pinhoe and Cranbrook. It can be a nightmare now so really there are worries that this new development will makes things worse.
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“It seems certain that we will need some kind of new traffic plan to cope.”
Cllr Henson added: “There was also some concern over the new custody suite proposed and possible parking problems.” Cllr Henson said it appeared that the Heavitree Road police station would remain in operation even after any new custody suite was built at Middlemoor. City councillors are to meet police and planners on Thursday, March 14, to discuss the proposals in more detail.
Morrisons has pledged to create 350 new jobs in the city with their plans to redevelop part of the police headquarters site.
The plan also involves creating a new multi-million-pound police station and custody suite for Exeter.
Morrisons, which has a store in Beacon Heath, has signed an exclusivity deal for the site at Middlemoor
Devon and Cornwall Police plan to sell up to 15 acres of surplus land at its large Exeter headquarters.
The sale of the land to Morrisons will fund “new policing infrastructure” at the site.
The development will include a new criminal justice centre and operational hub.