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3 months ago

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St Luke’s Health Campus is located partly within and otherwise surrounded by St Leonards Conservation Area. There are several listed buildings close to the site, while the non-designated heritage assets of St Luke's College / North Cloisters and chapel are located within the site itself. This is therefore a sensitive site from a historic environment perspective. Redevelopment provides an opportunity for enhancement through design that is more sympathetic to these assets, giving consideration to the urban grain, building heights and styles etc. Paragraph 6.24 of the supporting text identifies this issue and includes decision making criteria which should preferably be moved into the text of the policy itself, i.e. “Proposals at St Luke’s will need to be of a high quality and appropriate in the context of the wider residential area. Proposals will need to demonstrate through the preparation of a masterplan framework regard for the environmental and heritage assets on site and in the surrounding area.” Bearing in mind the size of the site, its sensitivity and the fact that it is adjacent to the group of sites comprising the East Gate strategic allocation, we would also support its inclusion within a strategic study to identify appropriate parameters for new development (such as heights, densities and layouts) in relation to the context, key views and settings. Alternatively, an HIA of the proposed allocation could be carried out to inform policy criteria. Please see our comments on Policies S1, S2, D1, strategic site allocations and in the conclusion to this response.

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3 months ago

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The University welcomes policy EJ6 and the identification of St Luke’s Health Campus. Paragraph 6.24 understands that the campus will require redevelopment to provide a future health campus, to consolidate health and wellbeing activities and help the University to scale up its biomedical and clinical research and to strengthen the existing research and teaching links with the Royal Devon University Hospital. It is also recognised that the proposals will need to demonstrate through a masterplan framework have regard to environmental and heritage assets on site and in the surrounding area. The Council will be aware that the University is currently working on a new masterplan for St Luke’s Campus. This may also include an element of additional student accommodation. It is therefore requested that amendments are made to the supporting text that would include ancillary student accommodation where this is demonstrated to be required/necessary.

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3 months ago

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Although listed as an employment, rather than residential, allocation, St Luke's forms an important enclave on the Heavitree Road. One of the earliest teacher training college foundations in the country (1839), the core of the buildings are by John Hayward (1852–54), one of the West Country's greatest 19th century architects. Although damaged by bombing the buildings still preserve their collegiate atmosphere. Described (lip-lickingly) as '4.5 hectares of transformational employment development', the cloistered character of this enclave deserves to be maintained in any re-development of the more-recent buildings. Although not listed the college is a locally-designated heritage asset.

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3 months ago

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Although not yet a designated heritage asset, St Luke's College contains important historic and architecturally significant buildings. It should be treated as if designated (See NPPF 206 and 209). Capacity for redevelopment of all or part of this site should be guided by prior assessment of impacts on the built historic environment. There should also be an assessment of the archaeological potential of the site, as it lies on the approach roads into Roman and medieval Exeter.

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