PR pitch at Winslade Park

Overdevelopment or ‘sustainable affordable housing’?


Property developer Burrington Estates have a large project on the go near Clyst St Mary:

Winslade Park Exeter | A Stunning Parkland Development

They have had to borrow a lot to make it happen:

Burrington Estates secures £28m funding package for Exeter’s Winslade Park scheme – Business Live

And they were granted planning permission last month:

New homes confirmed for Devon’s plush 86-acre Winslade Park – Devon Live

Go ahead for 38 homes at Exeter’s Winslade Park scheme – Business Live

It’s been a long time coming – and this piece from 2020 shows it’s been dogged by controversy:

Clyst St Mary development:

An example of overdevelopment, playing the numbers game and developers seeming to benefit rather more than other players is on the outskirts of small rural community in East Devon:

Winslade Park | burringtonestates

Winslade Park Exeter | A Stunning Parkland Development

It has now been passed by the District Council:

Green light for Clyst St Mary new homes, office space and fitness facilities

However, back in 2017, there were concerns about overdevelopment:

‘Grave reservations’ about plans to build 150 homes on ‘high risk flood zone’ – Devon Live

And this piece from the EDW site from October highlights the issues around overdevelopment by the developers and the use and abuse of numbers:


What’s wrong with our housing system? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

The East Devon Watch blog has been carrying regular pieces, including these from April this year:

Veto plans for ugly homes, councils urged | East Devon Watch 

Latest plans for Winslade Park, reposted in case you missed it over Easter. | East Devon Watch

The Winslade Park development – Photos: Burrington Estates.

In the meantime, the developer has been doing a bit of a PR blitz, promising ‘affordables’:

Eco-friendly affordable homes coming to East Devon to have solar panels and air source heat ‘as standard’, says developer

Burrington Estates recently secured planning permission to build 34 ‘sustainable’ new homes at Winslade Park, in Clyst St Mary, East Devon, including four affordable two and three-bedroom properties.

The developer said the new homes – including the affordable properties – will have air source heat pumps for hot water, underfloor heating, and solar panels ‘as standard’. Eco-friendly additions across the development include electric car charging points, bee bricks, bat boxes and bird boxes. And ten trees for each new home built will be planted in a bid to offset the development’s carbon footprint.

Eco-friendly affordable homes coming to East Devon

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