Work underway to develop 380 new homes at Pinhoe Quarry

Work has started to build 380 new homes at Pinhoe Quarry, Exeter.

Homes for the South West member, LiveWest, and leading partnerships business, Vistry Partnerships, have joined forces once again to develop a scheme for the 32-acre site, building on their collaborative portfolio of new homes across the South West.

It is hoped the first homes will be ready to move into during autumn this year.

The development has been named Harrington Park, nodding to the well-known area of the suburb and the design, which incorporates open green space, play areas and ponds for the new residents and existing community.

The scheme is set to take around eight years to complete and will provide new homes across a mix of tenures including, affordable rental, shared ownership and open market sale.

65 homes were originally earmarked for affordable housing as part of the outline planning consent, but LiveWest’s current plans are to increase this to 152 homes with the support of funding from both LiveWest and Homes England.

The proposed scheme will include a range of homes, from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom family houses, with the open market homes being sold under the Linden Homes brand.

Glynnis Poole, Planning and Technical Director for LiveWest, said: “We are very excited to have started our new development at Harrington Park in another successful partnership with Vistry Partnerships. 

“Our vision is to create homes and communities that people love to live in and this is a location which definitely supports this. 

“Alongside this, our firm commitment to delivering new affordable homes in Exeter will make a huge contribution to meeting local housing needs.”

The development will benefit from a host of environmental benefits.

Rainwater will be sustainably managed using two ponds with a network of landscaped swales. This design will not only reduce flooding but will also create biodiverse habitats and functional green spaces for the community.

Elsewhere, wildlife corridors are being planned to promote and encourage wildlife to the site. A green boulevard will be lined with native trees and wildflower meadow strips in a bid to create ecological connectivity which will help animals move around the site.

The development will also see the creation of badger setts, bat tubes and bird boxes.

In order to promote bicycle use in and around the development, a cycle route will be created through the site which will connect to Harrington Lane and off site to the wider Exeter area.

Charging points to support electric cars will be installed and there will also be the facility to rent electric bikes.

Glynnis Poole added: “Harrington Park is a great example of how you can deliver much-needed homes in a sensitive manner alongside a rich biodiverse landscape. 

“The development is a further demonstration of our ambition to deliver good quality, well designed homes in an environmentally sensitive manner.”

Bradley Davison, Managing Director for Vistry Partnerships South West, commented: “We are dedicated to creating sustainable new communities for people to thrive.

“Harrington Park is a fantastic example of how we work with our partners to provide not just housing but homes and spaces that enhance communities and compliment landscapes.

“We are thrilled to be working with our partners LiveWest once again on this exemplar scheme, building our relationship to provide over 2,000 homes across the South West.”