Open meeting 26 Feb 2013 – Discussion points
Station A “Density and Design”
A table was presented with the ECC proposed percentage use of site for the for main plots 18B,18C,19, 20. between 66 and 71%. These totalled 484 dwellings at 50dph net.
AVF alternative was indicated of 60% usage at 30 dph giving 248 dwellings
1. Gov’t policy: more than 3 dwelling site 35% affordable, of which 70% social rented
2. Exeter policy:
a. statistics show need for 5294 extra dwellings 2010-2015.
b.Of which 3165 nearly 60% should be affordable and social rented as above.
c. Current policy – more than 3 dwelling site 25%.
d.but lower than 25% where applicant can show not viable.
e.Mix 1bed 15%, 2 bed 59%, 3 bed 14%, 4 bed 7%, 5 bed 5%.
f. Wheelchair access where >15 dwellings: 5%of which 10% social rented.
g. “Tenure blindness”: seamless mix of private/ affordable: cluster >10 affordable together
h. 50% of 2 bed affordable should have gardens.
i. Off site provision”: applicant can “trade” with other site, but if 15 on site would mean 20 off site.
j. Affordable housing rent to be no more than 80% of open market value.
k Financial contribution: if 5 does not equal a whole number £90k for 1 bed up to £164k for 5 bed.
3. Supporting text to Policy CP19 goes in to a little more detail about the nature of development that will be required.
a. for example it talks about the “need for development to relate well to adjoining housing in terms of density and protecting amenities for exiating residents”
Station B “What we like about Alphington”
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AGREED WITH ECC
- Hedges and trees to be protected and more trees planted on fields to be developed
- Public open spaces to be small but many, plus allotments
- Veitch Green to be preserved as an area of historical interest
- All historic sites and buildings to be protected.
- Ridgeline to be protected and Markhham Lane conserved as a Cycle/pedestrian ltrack
- Clear separation between the Alphington development and the Teignbridge development in the form of an extensive green belt/wedge.
- Are there properties or land of community value that should be registered with the Council?
- Allotments – protection, use and demand for.
Station C “Social Infrastructure”
ECC Executive will provide a much more detailed infrastructure plan than originally stated. This will look at what infrastructure will be required expressly for the “500” dwellings, such as a new primary school, health centre, community centre and shop.
1. Expansion of Alphington Primary School or send children to new school in Teignbridge?
2. What facilities are needed for young people?
3. Health Issues – what should we be saying to the local surgery – the council says other surgeries in Exeter are open to Alphington residents.
4. Is a new community facility needed or should there be investment in existing facilities – if so in what way?
5. What other community facilities are needed (local convenience shop, open spaces etc)
6. How should the new development cater for older people and children?
Station D “Traffic/Transport”
This station dealt with the wider issues, walking pathways and route, cycling link to Marsh Barton, park and ride.
ISSUES agreed with council
1. Non-car travel to school encouraged by safe road crossings, lighting, and “walking bus” scheme.
2. Pavements improved or created, especially along Chudleigh and Shillingford Roads.
3. Existing and new cycle tracks and walkways to be lit with low level lighting, eg Markham Lane.
4. Existing desire line from Markham Lane to Veitch gardens to be incorporated in development.
5. Cycle links created, eg to Marsh Barton, new railway station, etc, especially from Loram Way.
6. Good permeability for pedestrians and cyclists and improved with developer’s contributions.
OTHER issues AVF has raised.
1. Serious concern about traffic and parking to/from and near the Primary School.
2. hazardous car parking along Church Road and Ide lane needs to be resolved urgently.
3. Homezones: should these be incorporated/used in the design of new development?
4. The Ide park and ride (Oaklands), previously rejected by the community, is proposed again – AVF have reaffirmed this rejection.
5. Serious concern about transport related pollution: Church Road/ Alphington Road is part of an “Air Quality Management Area” (AQMA) because of the high pollution levels.
Station E “Environment”
Waste, recycling, flooding, pollution, trees, landscape features, Markham Lane.
Environmental issues agreed with ECC.
1. Flooding risk to be fully assessed and porous surface materials used.
2. A wetland area to be created adjacent to Pulpit Walk
3. Renewable energy used wherever possible.
4. District heating is proposed from the new incinerator to the development.
5. Low carbon housing: all houses should reach Code 6 high environmental standards in next few years.
6. Recycling facilities needed locally (bottles etc)
Station F “Road traffic” – including buses, parking, volume, speed, HGVs, commuting.
AGREED WITH ECC
- Travel plans to be properly coordinated and monitored.
- Developer to finance methods of slowing and reducing traffic on Chudleigh and Dawlish Roads
- Alternative routes encouraged, e.g. through Marsh Barton to Sainsburys.
- Ban on lorries.
- No direct vehicular access from existing residential areas eg cul-de-sacs like Pulpit Walk.
- new highways junctions to be low-key and not over engineered.
- Public transport improved with new and quicker bus routes into city centre.
- Car parking similar to present style – integral garages, driveways, well lit safe courtyards.
OTHER ISSUES raised by AVF
- Traffic speed and volume, including commuting/rat running
- Need to minimise the flow and speed of vehicular traffic from A379 through Alphington (and vice versa), particularly along Chudleigh Road.
- Further traffic calming (limits and engineering) and encourage alternatives routes, eg through Marsh Barton.
- Double mini roundabout on Chudleigh Rd/Shillingford Rd is dangerous
- Should A bus remain as one route or become two (which could provide achoice of destinations, speed up journey times, and reduce disturbance to those living on bus routes)?
- High bus fares discourage use. Child add-on should apply at all times, to assist families.
- Frequent, reliable and affordable bus transport.