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HONITON: Supermarket plan on the way

Thursday, 05 June 2014


A planning application to build a supermarket at Heathpark is likely to be submitted “this year,” a report has revealed. The site, which is owned by EDDC, had been tipped as a potential location for the district authority’s new headquarters, before a switch to Skypark emerged as the preferred option earlier this year. Soon after the decision was made, rumours that the land could be sold for development surfaced. In March, EDDC leader Paul Diviani confirmed that a supermarket was “chasing” the site. And a report, to be presented to East Devon District Council’s cabinet this week, has confirmed that negotiations with a developer have taken place and an application is now being prepared. The report says: “February 2014 cabinet and council reports agreed the selection of Terrace Hill as preferred developer for EDDC’s former SITA depot site on Honiton Heathpark and authorised officers to enter into a conditional contract with Terrace Hill. “Officers have been in further negotiation with the developer involving the project manager and council legal team and we are now agreeing contract terms. “This will enable the developer to begin the process of preparing their planning application for a supermarket development. We anticipate that an application will be made later this calendar year.” As part of the development of the site, the East Devon Business Centre will be vacated and EDDC has already agreed to review its approach to provision of business space across the district. The report continues: “The question of succession to EDBC has given us the opportunity to look again at how we can help meet the needs of business into the future in a world of enterprise and entrepreneurism very different to that when the Heathpark Business Centre first opened its doors. “Lead members for business and officers have carried out a tender exercise and interviewed four different consultancies. “The chosen company, Carter Jonas, will begin their work shortly, gathering evidence over the next few months and report back their findings and recommendations by September 2014 at the latest.”


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