Town and Country Planning

New homes, a pre-school and additional accommodation for the elderly in Exeter

9 April 2018 | Ridge News

HPP are delighted to have obtained planning permission on behalf of Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education (eRADE) despite considerable initial local objection.

The approved scheme will assist in enabling the relocation of the specialist day and residential school/college for students with hearing impairments from the UK., which has fallen into disrepair. There were a number of constraints relating to the proposal, including the close proximity of the site to two conservation areas, a number of surrounding residential dwellings and a significant reduction in educational floorspace.

The Council were unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply. It was found that a number of factors weighed heavily in the assessement as to whether the proposal constituted sustainable development; the proposal incorporated housing including specific housing for the elderly sector of the population, for which there is an identified shortage, and incorporated development on a brownfield site in a sustainable location close to the city centre which was close to a sustainable transport route.

With reference to affordable housing, the contribution was less than the adopted policy requirement however, HPP put forward the case that abnormal costs associated with the development of the site, the incorporation of the pre-school facility and the potential for vacant building credit were all factors which should be material considerations weighing in favour of accepting the reduced provision.

Negotiations were on going throughout the application process and amended plans were submitted to overcome some of the local objections.

The approved scheme represents an efficient use of the land and will provide housing in an area which has a severe shortfall of identified housing land. Importantly, the approved scheme will enable the relocation of the existing educational establishment to more suitable accommodation.

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