Our Concerns

  • The current Garden Village proposal talks about a development of up to 5,000 homes, which would be significantly larger than the present size of Cullompton. There has been no attempt to justify this number and we believe that it is excessive.

  • MDDC are proposing a buffer zone between the Garden Village and Kentisbeare. We feel that the proposed eastern buffer zone needs to be to the west of Horn Road and should disallow all new development other than that otherwise permitted to existing property owners. This relates to a specific question in the consultation, where it would be especially helpful to show the depth of feeling about encroachment to the east.

  • We believe that footpaths, bridleways and/or biking paths through the buffer zone are desirable. We are not seeking to make surrounding villages islands, merely to protect their rural character and existing strong well-functioning communities. We would also like to see better links for bicyclists and pedestrians across the M5 to Cullompton itself.

  • One of the principal justifications for the development is that it would be of a scale that would allow adequate infrastructure to be put in place. This would include everything from a new junction to the south of Cullompton to new and/or expanded doctors’ surgeries. We are very concerned that there should be no significant development without real infrastructure delivery in advance – i.e. improvements to road infrastructure and provision for healthcare, sports and community facilities. There is no clarity, explanation or apparent mechanism as to how the Garden Village will "help to deliver J28 improvements and the long-awaited town centre relief road"

  • At present MDDC appear not to believe that the A373 from Honiton to Cullompton will see any significant increase in traffic volumes. There appear to be no plans to upgrade the road in the foreseeable future. We believe that MDDC should coordinate with DCC and East Devon DC to upgrade the A373.

  • MDDC is currently seeking to build 3,930 houses around Cullompton by 2033 and up to a further 3,250 beyond that in an area which is prone to flooding. As we know there was widespread flooding in 2012. We urge MDDC to undertake a coordinated strategy in terms of flood prevention looking at the entire catchment area around Cullompton on both sides of the M5 before significant development takes place

  • We feel that it is important that the percentage of affordable housing for local people in the Garden Village is guaranteed.

  • We would like to see a Garden Village with high quality building, design and high environmental standards, using renewable energy in every building.

  • There is no explanation of how the Garden Village will "be designed to support the integrity of Cullompton and to further integration between the existing and new settlement areas".

  • There would seem to be an innate tension between the Garden Village and Cullompton itself. Basic economics suggest that if the Garden Village is successful in its ambitions, then it is highly likely that the town centre of Cullompton will suffer further decline, and vice versa. The notion that there will be balanced development between the two is most unlikely, as the idea that there will be a range of sustainable travel modes available to residents of both communities (eg "bus routes envisaged" page 28 Masterplan). 

  • If the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan “will be the statutory process by which the full extent of the Garden Village could be identified for development”, what strength does this consultation have?

  • Looking at the employment issues in the consultation (p 32 Masterplan), they seem to revolve around warehousing, leisure (hotel?), retirement complexes and retail.  This seems to indicate an employment offer of distribution centre, hotel work, shops and elderly care, all of which primarily offer low-skilled, low-wage employment. This seems at odds with the broader picture promised and an odd vision for the twenty-first century.

  • The pictures of rolling green hills in the documents seem to better exemplify the present situation than the planned one.

Residents Against Cullompton Exploitation