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Major plans for Devon stately home

Sunday, October 13th, 2019 9:19am

By Daniel Clark, Local Democracy Reporting Service

Developers say a thousand new jobs could be created

An £80m vision to redevelop the 86-acre estate and stately home at Winslade Park in Clyst St Mary has been revealed.

Burrington Estates have purchased the site on the edge of Exeter and have revealed how they wish to reinvigorate the historic site.

Their plans include creating 150 new homes, 125,000 square feet of high quality, multi-let office space, a high end business club, a new leisure centre, and a ‘well-being’ destination consisting of a gym, spa facilities, and beauty salons.

Community services such as a nursery, pet care, dry cleaning, small grocery and newspaper store are also planned to be created.

Developers say that 1,000 new jobs could be created by the scheme, as would public transport connections, which would ‘bring the iconic stately home and park back to life for a new era’.

A formal planning application will be submitted in the Spring of 2020 when the developers will be bringing forward the refurbishment of the offices at the same time.

Mark Edworthy, co-founder and group managing director of Burrington Estates, said: “Our vision is to create beautiful living and working environments, build enduring communities and improve quality of lives. Winslade Park is the perfect site to show this is possible, combining our extensive track record in commercial regeneration and the building of luxury family homes.”

Co-founder Paul Scantlebury added: “We are proud to be bringing the iconic stately home and park back to life for a new era. We are determined to create a peerless destination in which to live, work and play and which rivals the most iconic developments around the world, right here in East Devon and Exeter.

“We will liaise extensively with the existing community to ensure all parts of the new park facilities are accessible and suitable for all to enjoy.”

The intention is to create 125,000 square feet of high quality, multi-let office space, a high end business club and 150 beautiful residential homes.

The development will be tastefully absorbed in the beautiful established parkland, which will be preserved and enhanced with walking and running trails, alongside leisure facilities to serve neighbouring villages, including a cricket club, football pitches, tennis courts, multiple children play areas and a new leisure centre.

Much needed public transport connections and local services will be re-established, and around 1,000 jobs will be created, Burrington Estates state.

Alongside the office space and residential homes, the ambition is to create a well-being destination with cafés, restaurants, a high end gym and spa facilities with a swimming pool, cycle spin studio, yoga studio, and hair and beauty salons.

There will be many other services to maximise work and family life convenience such as a nursery, pet care, dry cleaning, small grocery and newspaper store.

The property has sat empty for five years since Friends Life’s departure, and Mr Edworthy added: “We are incredibly passionate and excited about Winslade Park; we intend to deliver a stunning working, living and leisure destination in the west of England, creating legacy for the region. We are striving to create a thoughtfully designed, integrated community, centred around wellbeing, quality of life and convenience.”

A spokesman for Burrington Estates added: “It will become a beacon of development best-practice, demonstrating how an historic site can be sensitively re-developed to reinvigorate the community, creating a vibrant commercial centre for many thriving businesses around the 18th Century manor house itself, alongside exemplary new homes.”

The site has a chequered history with development proposals, with campaign group Save Clyst St Mary from Inappropriate Development concerned against previous housing plans for the site.

A 2014 scheme that would have seen the demolition of Brook House and Clyst House and the creation of 217 new homes, commercial floorspace, together and sports facilities was rejected by East Devon District Council in May 2016.

A second application, which would see 150 homes built, 0.7 hectares of employment land created was submitted in November 2016 and is still awaiting determination. It was due to go before planners in October 2017 but was withdrawn from the agenda so further discussions over flooding risk could take place.

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