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The adopted East Devon Local Plan identifies land to the east of Axminster for a development of around 650 homes with associated employment land, open space, community facilities and a primary school as well as land for the delivery of a north/south relief road. 

Following the Council’s successful bid for £10 million of government money from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to help deliver the Axminster Relief Road the Council appointed consultants to produce a masterplan for the development of the relief road and the associated development.

The Council with consultants (HYAS Associates Ltd) worked closely with Persimmon Homes and The Crown Estate who control the majority of the allocated site to produce a masterplan that shows how the relief road will be delivered including covering the remaining cost of the road which is estimated to be £16.7 million in total. 

As a result of this work it was concluded that the development would need to be expanded to include land further to the east of the original allocation and an additional 200 homes.

The masterplan provides a template for the development of the site which will guide planning applications for the site. Following two rounds of public consultation in 2018 the masterplan was endorsed by the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee on the 29 January 2019. The masterplan can be viewed using the link below:

Axminster Masterplan

Planning applications have now been made by The Crown Estate and Persimmon Homes for the development of the masterplan area and are currently under consideration.  

The Council is working with Homes England to resolve the remaining issues with the HIF bid. The monies were originally understood to be grant funding but Homes England have subsequently indicated that some or all of the monies should be repaid. The Council is currently working with Homes England to resolve this concern and secure the funds on a viable basis that enables the early delivery of the relief road.