A major £25m development plan that would transform the western boundaries of Newton Abbot and see nearly 2,000 homes built goes before planners next week.
The scheme for 160 hectares of land — known as Houghton Barton – 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.
The application site 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.
The Illustrative Masterplan for the NA1 Houghton Barton development
The NA1 framework plan would see ‘the equivalent of a medium-sized town’ built on the edge of the town. If approved by Teignbridge Council planners next Tuesday, it would then go to the council’s ruling Executive committee on December 5 to be adopted and would then act as a blueprint for any future development on the site. As of yet, no planning application to deliver the proposals has been submitted.
The plan follows a six-week public consultation event earlier in the year, and as a result, there will be a greater green space buffer around the hamlet of Houghton, three extra hectares of employment land at the Seale-Hayne campus has been provisioned for, more play areas and open space will be provided, and more protection for Greater Horseshow Bats will be provided.
Houghton Barton consultation event, Highweek Village Hall, Highweek Village, Newton Abbot, Sam Taylor Devon County Council, Cllr Phil Bullivant, and Michelle Luscombe principle planner Teignbridge district council (Image: Andy Styles)
Justifying the scheme, the document says: “Piecemeal development of the site through a series of unrelated planning applications would risk undermining the necessary provision of infrastructure, the site’s contribution to sustainable development and the availability of local facilities. The DFP will help to ensure that the development is brought forward comprehensively, meeting the Local Plan objectives.
“The DFP will support decision-making to bring forward appropriate development in this location, implementing the Local Plan policies and supporting the provision of a five year supply of housing land within Teignbridge.”
As a result of local views, the draft framework plan suggests:
-The main road linking the A383 and A382 should have a ‘market town’ feel and pass through a local hub with community facilities.
– Employment uses should be distributed across the site with particular focus on Forches Cross. Opportunities should also be taken to build on the existing employment base at Seale-Hayne.
– There should be links to National Cycle Network routes in the east and in the west to Bickington and Ashburton;
– The development should enable a degree of self-containment with the new community having access to its own facilities
– The primary school should be located within the southern area and within walking distance of the majority of new development. This would need to be on a flat site to provide buildings and pitches
– Heritage assets including Seale Hayne, Stover Park and Highweek Church should be protected.
Walking and Cycling Routes for NA1 Houghton Barton
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.
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;
Newton Abbot NA1 Allocations Map
• 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
Houghton Barton from the air
The development 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.
Teignbridge Council’s planning committee will decide on whether to implement the draft framework plan.
Source: Devon live