DEVELOPERS building the latest tranche of new housing on the outskirts of Dawlish say the development will provide ‘significant financial contributions to benefit the local area’.

Bloor Homes and Taylor Wimpey are set to build the newly-approved scheme at Gatehouse Farm .

The land was allocated for 860 homes by Teignbridge Council in the Local Plan.

Outline permission for 409 homes was granted in July 2020.

Now, the two companies say they are using a shared design team in a ‘holistic approach’ to create a ‘masterplan’ for their part of the development.

Full planning permission has now been granted for 354 new homes for private sale and 67 new affordable homes, including accessible homes, for people living in the local area.

As part of the planning process, the developers will be providing combined contributions of more than £1.2 million, to support local infrastructure and enhance the development.

In addition, they will provide over £4 million towards the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to improve and provide new infrastructure including roads, education, recreation and public transport facilities. 

The direct contributions include £411,702 towards the southern section of the new link road and bridge.

Both Bloor Homes and Taylor Wimpey are also separately funding the section of the link road which runs through their developments.

The road is already under construction and it is due to open in mid-2024.

Further contributions include £257,358 for the Red Rock Community Facilities contribution; £386,586 for Ecology Habitat Mitigation; £141,600 for local health facilities and £20,886 for local library services.

Funds have also been allocated for dedicated public recreational green open space and a play area; public art within the new development; habitat and biodiversity provision including the planting of hundreds of trees and a grassland and a biodiversity enhancement area; new hedgerows; 10-metre-wide dark ecology corridors; bat, bird and bee boxes and hedgehog holes in fences; and approximately two kilometres of footpaths.

All the new homes meet the very latest building regulations and include PV solar panels and electric car charging points.

Bradley Davison, managing director for Bloor Homes’ Exeter region, said: ‘Having received planning approval we are now looking forward to implementing our joint project with Taylor Wimpey and bringing the new infrastructure and benefits to the local area.

‘In addition to the community contributions, the economic impact assessment estimates around 960 direct, indirect, and induced jobs will be created, including 12 new apprenticeships, and the new homes will provide Teignbridge Council with around £400,000 per annum in Council Tax revenue.

‘Importantly, this phase will bring 67 brand new affordable homes to local people, all built the latest energy-efficiency regulations too.’

As well as the solar panels and electric vehicle chargers, those homes without a garage will also include a bike store to encourage people to use the new cycle ways as part of the road improvements, both for recreation and commuting.