Project Description

  • Project:  Axminster Masterplan
  • Location:  Axminster, East Devon
  • Client:  East Devon District Council
  • Accommodation: 650+ new homes
  • Planning authority:  East Devon District Council
  • Started:  2019
  • Completed:  2020

Hyas were commissioned by East Devon District Council (EDDC) working with Persimmon Homes and The Crown Estate to prepare the Axminster North East Urban Extension Masterplan.

Hyas led a masterplanning team with urban design input from David Hawes, technical inputs form Peter Brett Associates and viability advice from Porter Planning & Economics.

The aim of the work was to establish an overarching design approach for what is an important piece of development for the town as a whole but which will be delivered by individual landowners and developers. As these individual parties bring forward their own designs and planning applications for development the Masterplan is intended to form a foundation of work at a broader scale on which they will be able to build.

The Masterplan also forms an important tool in the development management process enabling the Council to gauge whether individual planning applications are taking account of the wider constraints and opportunities. The Masterplan process included an independent and area wide review of constraints, opportunities and the balance of the quantity and mix of development with a viable development which offers a delivery mechanism for a relief road around the north-east of Axminster, which is coming forward with funding via the Housing Infrastructure Fund.