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Clinton Devon Estates press the case for a new sustainable community for Exmouth

Clinton Devon Estates’ proposals for a new sustainable community for Exmouth that has the potential to deliver up to 140 affordable homes for the town as well as valuable public open space are laid-out in a new web video posted on YouTube this week.

Estates Director John Varley is quizzed on the Estates’ plans for Plumb Park, a proposal for 350 homes on the edge of Littleham, which has been designed to help alleviate the town’s housing need and open-up new access routes including public rights of way to the iconic Donkey Hill.

Mr Varley explains how the Estates’ original proposal for up to 500 dwellings would have potentially provided 200 affordable homes for Exmouth but had to be reduced following a substituted proposal by Exmouth Town Council, at the Local Development Framework Panel Meeting on October 11th, for 190 homes on a reduced area.

Mr Varley says that the 190 home proposal, while deliverable, would restrict the Estates’ objective to build a sustainable community for Littleham, with new linear access routes across the valley,  open spaces, orchards, woodlands and landscaping. He adds that it would also reduce the affordable homes allocation to no more than 75.

In the video Mr Varley responds to questions about the impact of the proposals on the Maer Valley and on agriculture around Exmouth. He also responds to criticism that access to the site is poor and congestion is bad, particularly in the summer months.

Mr Varley said: “I would urge as many people as possible to watch this webcast to learn more about our proposals for Plumb Park which are, without doubt, the most sustainable on the table.”

He added: “As winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category twice in five years, Clinton Devon Estates have proved their long-term commitment to thriving communities, the environment and the economy. We have a golden opportunity to build a community, help young families and older people find suitable homes and generate capital to invest in some amazing landscaping and enhancements to the natural environment and its wildlife. As far as the Maer Valley, we recognise its enormous value and absolutely do not want to see it spoiled.”

Clinton Devon Estates say they will start an engaging consultation with the community over the coming weeks and months to “build something we can all be proud of".

It can also be accessed via the home page of the Clinton Devon Estates website:

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About Clinton Devon Estates

Clinton Devon Estates is involved in farming, sustainable forestry and timber products, deer management and residential property. It has a portfolio of commercial property across the South West and provides one of the region’s best equipped equestrian event venues at Bicton. It also owns commons at Woodbury which form the major part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Clinton Devon Estates has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Sustainable Development in 2005 and again in 2010, reflecting its commitment to conservation management through Countryside Stewardship Schemes and privately funded Estate led environmental initiatives.

The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths are managed by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, a charity set up by Clinton Devon Estates to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the Pebblebed Heaths and the Otter Estuary for the benefit of future generations.

The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths are located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and have both UK and European designations, including a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

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