Taylor Wimpey Exeter will be creating a new community in Cullompton this year after its reserved matters planning application was approved by Mid Devon District Council.
The development, which will be called Culm Valley Park, will comprise 105 homes, as well as a new nature trail park for the community, with around 40% of the total site offering open space to the people of Cullompton. The existing Siskin Chase play area will be extended within the site to create more space for new and existing residents to enjoy. In addition, 30 of the new homes will be for affordable provision, offered for rent and shared ownership.
Sustainability is a key priority for Taylor Wimpey, and Culm Valley Park will include measures such as provision for electric vehicle charging points to each house, an increase in biodiversity through new plant species, hibernaculum (winter wildlife shelters), hedgehog highways and bat/bird boxes, new allotments, and a reduction in flood risk downstream of the site.
Permanent vehicle access to the new development will be via Siskin Chase, with pedestrian access points from Siskin Chase and Colebrooke Lane. However, following consultation with local residents and Cullompton Town Council, construction access will be from Colebrooke Lane to keep disruption to a minimum.
The development received outline planning permission in September 2020 following a public consultation event in December 2018. The reserved matters application confirms details such as the layout, landscaping and appearance of the new homes. An online public consultation for this application was held in December 2020.
Through contributions agreed as part of the outline permission, Taylor Wimpey will also pledge approximately £646,000 towards improving schools in Cullompton, as well as a £40,000 contribution to Mid Devon District Council to improve air quality in the town.
Richard Harrison, Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, said: “We are very excited about having our reserved matters planning application approved for Culm Valley Park, and we would like to thank all those who helped to make it happen.
“Our development will deliver a range of housing to meet the local need, as well as new public open space with high quality play areas and a range of measures designed to enhance biodiversity in the area.
“We are confident that our proposal will bring a lasting positive impact to Cullompton and we look forward to starting work on site in the coming months.”
People can visit www.taylorwimpey.co.uk for more information on Culm Valley Park and to register their interest in a new home.