Seabrook Orchards achieved a unanimous planning approval at a packed Exeter City Council’s Civic Centre on Tuesday Evening. Grainge Architects are extremely proud to have provided architectural & urban design input into this key project.
The scheme is for a new housing area with a strong community focus, on land off Topsham Road, Exeter. It forms part of the wider Newcourt Urban extension, as proposed in the City Council’s adopted Newcourt masterplan. The development includes 700 new homes, a primary school, community hall, doctors surgery, primary healthcare facilities, cafe, creche, local store (as part of a local centre, Seabrook Square), two care homes, plus new sports pitches & pavilions, play areas, multi-use games area (MUGA), community allotments and orchards, informal open spaces and nature conservation areas.
The vision for Seabrook Orchards was to create a sustainable new living environment, an inclusive community with new homes accessible to everyone, a place where people will want to live, where they feel comfortable and safe, with ready access to essential facilities including education, healthcare, a local store, open space, landscape and amenity areas. It will deliver a wide range and choice of high quality, sustainable housing, including a range of affordable housing.
The proposed architecture of Seabrook builds on local vernacular with strong references to the unique characteristics of both Exeter & Topsham. The Town Square benefits from the award wining principles employed at Poundbury in Dorchester, successfully implemented local schemes such as Wyvern barracks and the principles set out in the exeter city residential guideline.
Below are the approved master plan for the 51 hectare site including Town Square, Topsham Road frontage & typical highly sustainable housing.