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Devon welcomes £55 million funding injection

Kindly contributed by Teingbridge District Council

Devon County Council has today (Thursday 14 February) welcomed a £55 million funding injection for infrastructure development for south west Exeter.

The Council has been successful in its bid for Housing Infrastructure Funding which will help unlock the development of 2,500 homes, a Primary and Secondary school, and employment land identified in the Teignbridge Local Plan and Exeter Core Strategy.

The funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will help support the early delivery of infrastructure to support key improvements to transport links.

Some of the elements in Devon County Council’s scheme involve -

- Widening sections of the A379 between the Matford roundabout and Chudleigh Road, Alphington, and development of new junctions to serve the new development;

- Pedestrian/cycle bridge to provide a safe crossing over the A379, serving a school campus and community facilities;

- Upgrade of the Devon Hotel roundabout to increase capacity;

- Enhancements in Alphington village;

- Realignment of Chudleigh Road, near Alphington, and new signal junction, to improve safety and unlock development to the north of the A379; and

- Development of Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS) to mitigate the impact on the Exe Estuary.

Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said:

“This announcement is great news for the area. We know how important it is to our communities that infrastructure is in place to support housing. This funding will help us do just that. Teignbridge has been very successful at delivering housing over and above its targets in the Local Plan and it is good to see this is recognised with additional investment from the government. A great deal of work went into putting this bid together by Teignbridge and Devon CC, both of which are working hard to deliver homes, jobs and vital community facilities to make places thrive.”

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said:

“A lot of effort went into pulling together this comprehensive bid and I’m delighted that it has won the support of the Government. This funding is extremely welcome and will enable us to kick start the growth of the area to the south west of Exeter. The funding package will enable the County Council to deliver necessary infrastructure developments and improvements to support new homes, new jobs and a new school.”

Councillor Alan Connett, County Councillor for Exminster and Haldon, said:

"The funding is welcome news as it will help to ensure that the plans for south west Exeter are delivered. This is a huge development, in fact, it is planned to be bigger than the existing village of Exminster, and many local people are really concerned about traffic and the implications for getting into and out of Exeter. However, it is good news that Government is putting in money to help deliver the infrastructure for this development...but it highlights again the problem that while councils plan these large scale developments there doesn't seem to be enough cash to provide the essential requirements unless the Government also writes a cheque from the taxpayer."

The Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said:

"There is no mission more important that making the housing market work and our £55m funding package will deliver up to 2,500 new homes in Devon, supporting local communities who are eager to build. We are determined to find new and innovative ways of speeding up delivery of new homes – including affordable homes, but also providing the vital infrastructure alongside them which makes a community work for the people who live there."

For more information on the Housing Infrastructure Fund visit: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-investment-to-unlock-more-homes-across-england

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