A major £25m development plan that includes a link road that could have greater economic benefits to the area than the South Devon Highway has been approved.
The scheme for 160 hectares of land — known as Houghton Barton – include 1,150 new homes, and would also deliver 18 hectares of employment land, a new primary school, a new community centre, and a new road connecting the A382 with the A383.
It will transform the western boundaries of Newton Abbot and see ‘the equivalent of a medium-sized town’ built on the edge of the town.
The Illustrative Masterplan for the NA1 Houghton Barton development
Teignbridge District Council’s planning committee recommended adopted the NA1 framework plan last month – and on Tuesday morning, the council’s executive committee gave it the rubber stamp.
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Cllr Jeremy Christophers, leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: “This is a big day for the village of Highweek and getting this has link road and the development has been a long term ambition of the council. We have long recognised that this road had to go in and its importance is reflected also by the upgrade of the A382 between Drumbridges and Newton Abbot.
“This plan, coupling up with road from Drumbridges, is at the heart of our district, and this is of potential greater value to us than the South Devon Highway for the people of Teignbridge.”
Clay company Sibelco have raised concerns about the plan as the location includes areas of land over which there are mineral rights and the new road linking the A382 with the A383 cuts through land they have mineral rights over.
But Teignbridge Council officer Fergus Pate said that although Sibelco have concerns that the alignment of the road will affect their ability to extract minerals from the site, this is the route that is most likely to facilitate the overall development. He added though that conservations are ongoing about this and they haven’t concluded yet.
the preferred alignment of NA1 Houghton Barton
The executive unanimously approved adopting the framework plan for the application site tha cuts across a huge area and stretches from Forches Cross on the A382 Bovey Tracey Road westwards towards the Seale Hayne campus and then south to the former Hele Park Golf Course on the A383 Ashburton Road, where 650 homes are currently being built.
As of yet, no planning application to deliver the proposals has been submitted.
The framework plan follows a six-week public consultation event earlier in the year.
The overall development for the area includes building of more than 1,150 houses, a 420-place primary school, a Houghton Barton ‘high street’ which will include a shopping parade including a foodstore and ground floor retail or commercial uses with upper floor residential or office uses, a neighbourhood square, a multi-purpose community building as part of the neighbourhood hub that could include primary health care provision – which already has planning permission – sustainable transport provision, a new Houghton Barton Common, an onsite large Multi Use Games Area and replacement playing pitches.
A road that connects the A382 with the A383 will also be created, subject to the A382 improvements that have been approved being implemented.
The vision is that Houghton Barton should be an inspiring and long-term sustainable development that supports both new residents and the wider community of Newton Abbot.
Houghton Barton from the air
The objectives to achieve this vision are:
• To deliver at least 1150 homes (in addition to the permitted 650 home development at Hele Park) of varying types and tenures, including affordable housing, gypsy and traveller pitches, custom build plots and other specialist forms of housing to meet a diverse range of needs;
• To achieve a range of new employment opportunities across the site, by ensuring flexibility in the scale and types of employment uses proposed;
• To provide the highest level of protection for the local Greater Horseshoe Bat population and ensure net gains for other biodiversity by protecting vital green corridors and integrating green spaces effectively throughout the development;
• To create a high quality and locally distinctive design which has active street frontages and soft landscaped edges blending naturally into the surrounding countryside;
• To consolidate the role of the Seale- Hayne campus as a focus of community activity by supporting new opportunities for employment and cultural experiences in and around the site;
• To create areas of community activity, ensuring that local facilities are within five minutes walking distance of the surrounding community;
• To design a green and walkable development that incorporates attractive open spaces and makes the most of existing lanes and connections, linking these into a new network of footpaths and cycleways;
• To support a low or zero carbon development by requiring the production of carbon reduction plans and encouraging less use of the private car by integrating community facilities and shops into the development and maximising opportunities for sustainable travel; and
• Development shall be designed to contribute to good place-making and health and wellbeing through high-quality and sustainable design which creates a strong locally-distinctive sense of place that is safe, inclusive and accessible to all. It shall also promote social interaction and encourage and contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle
Source: Devon live