February 2018

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Published on 1 February 2018

Money for parks and roads in Teignbridge!

People living in Teignbridge and the wider Exeter area are set to benefit from a £7.9M funding boost that will unlock key infrastructure projects including new countryside parks and a road, all essential ahead of building new homes.

Two projects in Teignbridge have today been given millions of pounds in government funding to support local work that will accelerate infrastructure projects

Teignbridge has secured £4.2M to kick-start early delivery of a tree-lined link road in Dawlish along with a new bridge and high quality pedestrian and cycleway. This critical strategic road project will help unlock delivery of 350 new homes and accelerate more than 500.

An Exeter City Council-led bid on behalf of the three councils secured £3.7M to establish and manage a new 38 hectare countryside park in Exminster, something which mitigates against the recreational impacts of increased population on internationally important wildlife sites.

This work is being delivered by a partnership of Exeter City, Teignbridge and East Devon District Councils, known as the South East Devon Habitats Regulation Partnership.

Exeter City Council’s Cllr Daniel Gottschalk, who is Chair of the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee, said:

“This is brilliant news for the area and everyone living near the Exe Estuary. I’d like to thank everyone involved in putting together this successful bid and celebrate the resulting funding that will be able to deliver effective protection to our wildlife habitats.”  

The ongoing provision of these new countryside parks will enable the three local authorities to continue to deliver their Local Plans. 100% of the countryside park funds will ultimately be recovered and reinvested in other public infrastructure that supports the greater Exeter area’s continued growth.

Cllr Humphrey Clemens, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning, said:

“This is fantastic news for our residents and will make a huge difference to the communities of Dawlish and south west Exeter. People told us that they want to see infrastructure before homes. We have listened to their concerns and acted – and here is the result of our efforts so far.

“We looked at the options available to us and worked proactively with partners to put together strong bids so we are, of course, thrilled that we have been successful. Without this financial support, the projects would have taken longer to start.

“By working together with our local authority partners and developers we are able to provide them with the roads and open spaces they tell us they want, build the homes people need and continue our proven track record in supporting economic growth.”

The announcement has also been welcomed by Devon County Council, the highways authority.

Councillor Andrea Davis, the County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for highway infrastructure, said: 

“This is really great news. Overall, Devon has secured a record £44.7 million for housing-related infrastructure, which is proportionally higher by population than other counties. It’s testament to the hard work and collaboration of our district councils. The funding will help unlock housing development sites by providing the necessary road links, highways improvements, and countryside parks.”

www.gov.uk/government/news/866-million-investment-to-help-unlock-potential-200000-new-homes