It’s full steam ahead for the development of business, residential and leisure facilities at Winslade Park in Clyst St Mary after East Devon District Council’s planning committee gave an overwhelming majority result for resolution to grant planning permission.
The site is being developed by Burrington Estates whose vision is to create a vibrant ‘wellness’ community whilst retaining its historic character and charm.
Burrington Estates Group Managing Director, Mark Edworthy said: “We are excited to move ahead with this unique proposition which we believe will be a project for the region to be proud of.
“Winslade Park will deliver lasting benefits not only for businesses and the local economy through the creation of much-needed employment opportunities, but for the neighbouring community too. The South West has always had an edge for those wanting a better work/life balance, and Winslade Park provides the perfect lifestyle choice. I would like to thank EDDC and local councillors for their support.”
This ground-breaking development has attracted a high level of interest from the start. The Grade II* listed Winslade Manor is already fully let with its 13 offices providing modern, flexible workspace for around 70 people, with businesses set to move in once refurbishment works are complete in early 2021. Of the remaining office space on the site, including Winslade House and Brook House, 50 percent has now been pre-let.
Mark added: “Although the impact of Covid-19 has meant more people are currently working from home, the fact that the office space at Winslade Park is in strong demand clearly shows that businesses still desire and need high quality office space, in beautiful surroundings.
“But this is just one aspect of the development. There’s so much more besides, with our overarching ambition to build a community with wellness at its core, that can take advantage of everything the site has to offer, from the stunning location to fitness, relaxation and nourishing food offering.”
Burrington Estates will also be moving forward with the residential aspect of the development, which includes a mix of stunning houses and apartments built to the highest specification set in two areas of the parkland. As one of the most prestigious property developers in the region, Burrington Estates has a reputation for creating highly sought-after, beautifully designed homes.
Health and wellbeing is a key focal point of Winslade Park. Residents, businesses, and local people will be able to enjoy extensive provisions, from Tom Johnson’s Number 6 personal coaching studio to a fantastic new health club including a gym, swimming pool and spa.
An elegant restaurant and bar as well as a cafe which have been specifically created to enhance the beautiful park will have a focus on locally sourced and fresh ingredients.
Through these facilities and onsite services, Winslade Park is set to generate around 2,000 sustainable employment opportunities.
The 86-acre parkland is to be enhanced with the creation of nature walks and trail runs available for use by the local community as well as office workers and residents, while the existing sports pitches, tennis courts and cricket pavilion will be reinstated and improved for public use, including the local primary school.
Sustainability is at the heart of the development with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. To better promote sustainable transport aims, Burrington Estates is providing new showers, changing rooms and drying facilities to encourage those who can cycle or walk to work.
“The development of Winslade Park is being handled with great sensitivity and respect for its heritage,” Co-Founder Paul Scantlebury, explained.
“It has been dubbed a ‘hidden gem’ concealed from view for far too long. We are pleased to breathe new life into this superb asset for the region and deliver on its potential as an idyllic location for office workers, homeowners and the wider community.”