West Clyst housing development

Thursday, 23 March 2023 13:30

By Ollie Heptinstall, Local Democracy Reporter

Construction work on 69 affordable homes on the edge of Exeter is to start soon. Sovereign, a housing association, obtained detailed planning approval for the  development at Taverners Field, West Clyst, at the end of last year. The land was formerly used for grazing livestock.

In an update, the company – one of the country’s largest such associations with over 61,000 homes – says “contractors are expected to be on site shortly” and work could be completed by summer 2026.
The homes include a mix of one and two-bed maisonettes, bungalows and two-four bed houses. They will be 100 per cent affordable, with 36 available for social rent, and the remaining 33 homes for shared ownership.
The development also includes a mix of green infrastructure and public open space, plus a play area.
West Clyst, which comes under East Devon District Council’s jurisdiction, has had a considerable amount of housing growth recently. Most of it is in the local plan, but this site isn’t part of the allocation.
Sovereign says the homes will be the first built to its “new house specification,” which includes each property having its own air source heat pump and sustainable heating system, improved insulation, and solar panels.
Isabel Keppel, Sovereign’s planning manager said: “This new range of house types really showcases our commitment to put the customer at the heart of everything we do. It also shows how we strive to design high-quality homes which exceed standards and norms, wherever possible.”

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