We will put over £1.9m towards improving facilities for Exeter residents as part of the planning agreements for our new Mayfield Gardens development, on the city’s outskirts in Monkerton.
Over £1.5m will be paid to Exeter City Council to spend on major infrastructure projects in the city, ranging from school facilities and strategic flood defences to sports facilities, as well as European protected habitats such as the Exe Estuary and Dawlish Warren. A further £330,000 will go towards the improvement of bus services in Monkerton and £500 per home will be put towards a local travel plan for new residents, designed to promote more sustainable forms of travel such as cycling or public transport.
We have already provided a 1.18 hectare park near Mayfield Gardens that has been transferred to the city council. The development will also incorporate a sustainable drainage system, designed to ensure rainwater travels into the local drainage network without affecting homes and businesses.
Work on Mayfield Gardens, off Cumberland Way, has already begun. Of the 250 homes 35% will be affordable, with 5% of those to be wheelchair accessible. The development, which will include two, three and four-bedroom homes, has been designed to provide a range of options for first time buyers and growing families.
Richard Harrison, Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, said: “We are committed to building high-quality new homes and making sure that our developments are sustainable and positively contribute to local communities. Affordable housing, sustainable transport and community facilities are all among the areas that benefit from planning contributions, and we are proud to be providing these facilities as part of our Mayfield Gardens development.”
Children at Exeter schools celebrate book donation
Children at two Exeter-based schools will be able to enjoy reading a collection of new books after we donated vouchers and books to Ellen Tinkham School and Exeter Deaf Academy.
Encouraging children to come together to enjoy and explore literature, we donated £100 to Exeter Deaf Academy and gave copies of its children’s book, How We Build Your Home, to Ellen Tinkham School.
Trudy Chappell, Co-Principal at Exeter Deaf Academy, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey on behalf of everyone at our school. Books are a great way to fire up children’s imaginations and to teach them about the world around them, so to have the opportunity to buy some new books is just fantastic.”
Jacqui Warne, Headteacher at Ellen Tinkham School, said: “Reading is such an important life skill and something that we encourage all of our pupils to do more of. Having new books to get stuck into helps to keep up an enthusiasm for reading and we would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for the kind donation.”
Melissa Langton, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, said: “Books are a fantastic way for children to learn about the world around them and to feed their imaginations. We’re proud to offer a donation to Ellen Tinkham School and Exeter Deaf Academy, and hope that the new books will be enjoyed for years to come.”