Village 'to be bigger than Sidmouth'
PINHOE could become larger than Crediton or Sidmouth, according to residents worried about development planned around the village.
They were given a chance to see the scale of the plans at a special exhibition organised by the Pinhoe Community Association with the help of local councillors.
Planning officers and highways experts were on hand to answer questions about developments proposed at Monkerton, Black Horse, Westclyst and Pinhoe itself. Dave Mogford, chairman of Pinhoe Community Association, said: "My main concern is the sheer volume of housing that is going into Pinhoe.
"I don't believe Pinhoe needs it or can cope with it. They are talking about 6,500 to 7,000 houses in and around Pinhoe.
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"That could equate to 20,000 people making it bigger than Crediton, Sidmouth, Seaton orHoniton. It will be putting a population one fifth the size of Exeter now into Pinhoe.
"I don't think people realise just how big it is going to be.
"And many of these new homes will actually be in East Devon so while they are using Exeter's services and amenities, their council tax will not benefit the city."
Ann Ingham, who has lived in Pinhoe for the past 20 years, is concerned about traffic.
Mrs Ingham said: "They are going to put between 60 and 80 houses off Monkerton Drive and the traffic is going to be coming out of the estate on to a very nasty bend on Pinn Lane.
"They are building a new town at Cranbrook so why fill in these few little green spaces?
"I currently look out on green fields but that is all going to go.
"At the moment we can already hear the traffic from the M5 and the enlarged A30 and soon we are going to get even more traffic noise."
John Waller, who has lived in Pinhoe for just over two years, said: "They talk about all these houses but they don't seem to talk about the infrastructure – what about schools and doctors' surgeries?"
Richard Short, Exeter's assistant director of city development, also attended the exhibition. He said: "The purpose of the event was to enable local people to understand more about the large number of recent development proposals around Pinhoe and to encourage them to comment where there is ongoing public consultation on current planning applications.
"Traffic issues appeared to be the most common concern, that is usually the case on most new developments."