Plans To Build New Hotel on Outskirts Of Exeter Revealed
By Sofy Robertson
Plans to build a 130-bedroom hotel on the site of a former caravan park just outside of Exeter have been revealed.
Hill Pond Caravan and Camping Park have applied to build a new L-shaped hotel on the site of the existing park, situated just off the A3052.
The site is located across the A3052 from Exeter City’s training ground and Crealy Adventure Park, adjacent to Hill Barton Business Park.
The application was submitted to East Devon District Council and planners say that there is a need for a hotel in the area and that it will provide new jobs and boost the area’s economy. The plan* explains:
“The proposal seeks to recognise the evolving needs of the area and the site’s location in a developed, mixed use zone of East Devon that sits close to Exeter, the M5, , and the rapidly enlarging tranches of development in the area.”
The need for a hotel in the area has already been identified as in January plans for a two-storey thirty-three bedroom hotel in the car park of the Cat and Fiddle Pub were approved. However, construction has not yet begun.
The application adds:
“The area does not compromise unspoilt Devon countryside and the building may in fact provide a suitable, well-designed buffer between the A3052 and large commercial structures.
“There seems to be some sense in considering a development of this nature in this quickly evolving zone. Much needed accommodation aside, the proposal would retain visitor spending in East Devon. Additionally, new jobs and an improved market for the local supply chain would be assured and these factors can only assist the local economy.
“The scheme is therefore felt to be a sustainable proposal in a sustainable location with the prospect of improved economic and social benefits, coupled with an improvement in the site’s environmental quality.”
East Devon District Council will not determine whether or not the proposed plans are in the area’s best interests.
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