This page relates to the workshops to be held between the Forum and the City Council regarding the proposed “500” house development. These workshops are referred to in a document issued by Exeter City Council Planning department – development_brief. (click to view)
Representatives of the residents from the streets most affected by the proposed development will attend workshops with the City Council planners, landowners and developers.
There will be four workshops based on different themes – movement, green infrastructure, density and design, social infrastructure/utilities.
Residents should get together with their street representatives well before any workshop to put forward their views.
|11 Oct||5pm||Village Hall||General intro. and green infrastructure/open space/landscape||Street reps.||Completed|
|8 Nov||5pm||Village Hall||Highways/transport/movement(1)||Street reps.||Completed|
|5 Dec (Wed)||5pm||Village Hall||Highways/transport/movement(2)||Street reps.||Completed|
|29 Jan 2013||5pm||Village Hall||Social infrastructure||Street reps.||Completed|
|13 Mar 2013||5pm||Community Centre||Density and design||Street reps.||YES|
Details of Workshops: (click on a tab to expand)
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[tab1_content] Click to see the Workshop 1 agenda for this workshop.
The “Green Infrastructure” workshop should consider safe play areas for children that are close to their homes, and also attempt to create a wildlife corridor from Exe valley towards Haldon.
Trees are important in softening the outline of housing, and local species should be used in preference to ornamental trees, with a mix of coniferous and deciduous. The trees should be planted in public spaces and on property boundaries.
[tab2_content]The “Movement” workshop will look at movement within and around the new development and will consider car and pedestrian routes, junctions with main roads. One of the major issues will be culs-de-sac which are common in Alphington and we would like to be included in new development.
The workshop was held on Thursday 8th November. A brief precis follows:
IN PRAISE OF CULS-DE-SAC (contributed by Ray Spiller)
Culs-de-sac give the residents of such areas a sense of community and neighbourhood and they are much more likely to know their neighbours.
It is essential that such areas are constructed with space for enough off street parking to avoid houses opposite each other blocking their neighbours egress. This also allows the turning areas to remain free of parked vehicles and thus another area of possible conflict.
If thoughtfully constructed the houses will not be precisely opposite each other and thus enhance the sense of privacy which such areas naturally invoke.
Although not the only possibility, a cul-de-sac is also an obvious candidate for a play street designation as the children will be within sight of the parents or their near neighbours.
Culs-de-sac also give a sense of security and boundary to local neighbourhoods
The spine road in the new development should not be straight but should have bends introduced to give a more local, compact feel.
There is a possiblity that Dawlish Road may be closed at least to two way traffic at some time in the future, and any new development may need a link between Dawlish and Chudleigh Roads.
[tab3_content]”Social infrastructure /Utilities” workshop. The addition of a substantial amount of new housing will put pressure on local facilities as well as city facilities. Flood risk is a concern of many residents. At what stage of the proposed development will a flood risk assessment be carried out to ascertain any risk of flooding to surrounding areas of Alphington. Will any assessment be carried out before the workshops are held?
GP surgery Already overloaded. The council will not make extra provision. It will be up to the GP practice to expand.
The school is full in most year groups. Pupils moving into Alphington are directed to St Thomas schools. The school morning run currently results in traffic chaos particularly on a rainy day as the school has over 400 pupils. Traffic + children = danger. There are traffic wardens present from time to time and complaints from residents on a regular basis about heavy traffic, drive blocking etc according to the newsletter.
Any further development of the school would have to be in blocks of 30 pupils, one class a year, to be economically viable. This would lead to a maximum of 630 pupils – a huge amount to get in each day. A new school would take several years to build, so the current one would be increased on a temporary basis and then reduced – very inefficient.
[tab4_content] Design/Density. House styles are also important to preserve the village feel of Alphington. Hipped roofs, chamfered roofs, dormers, mix of brick and rendered housing are all helpful. Detail in front and rear elevations is important and long avenues are inappropriate for the area.
The density of housing proposed for Alphington in the Core Strategy is 50 dwellings per hectare (dph). A glance at the 50 dph in Newcourt shows clearly that this is unsuitable for Alphington. Existing densities range from less than 25 dph up to 35 dph. Adjacent to the fields it is approximately 25 dph.
What we want most of all:
What we would could live with – lower density
What we could live with – higher density
What we do not like