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Clyst Honiton Bypass: Opening The Door to Jobs


Since work began on the Clyst Honiton Bypass in March this year (2012), the structure of the new road is now highly visible, and soon it will be unlocking access to key development sites bringing the prospect of new jobs ever closer.

The Clyst Honiton Bypass combined with improvements to the B3174 ‘London Road' (the former A30) will soon open up access to both Skypark business park, the Inter-Model Freight facility, where Sainsbury's are currently carrying out site preparation work for the building of a distribution centre and improve connectivity to the new community of Cranbrook which is now under construction. 


Infrastructure works are now underway on two main site entrances into Skypark, one from the Clyst Honiton bypass itself and the other from the B3174. Both are set for completion at the end of the summer making the business park ‘shovel-ready' for occupiers.

Ian Guy, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, the company working with Devon County Council as the joint venture partner and developer of the £210 million Skypark scheme, commented: "This is extremely positive news for Skypark as the bypass works will create the key main road link to the M5 and Exeter and also deliver a major new entrance directly into Skypark. Occupiers seeking commercial space will be able to see not only the bypass works going on but, ahead of this, Skypark's other main entrance off London Road which will be completed this summer. Everything now is in place to start development when we are talking to prospective occupiers."  

Cllr Will Mumford, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Enterprise and Employment, said: "Work on the bypass and entrances to Skypark are another visible demonstration of this important partnership between the public and private sectors, and highlights the value of co-ordinated infrastructure development. The Exeter and East Devon Growth Point is vital in driving forward Devon's economy and as development continues we are edging closer to the potential to attract £450million of private sector investment and the opportunity to create more than 10,000 jobs at the Exeter Science Park and Skypark business development."

Skypark is set to become a key business opportunity for the region, creating a thriving new district which will provide 6,500 new jobs in a planned mix of business and office employment and production space.

Leader of East Devon District Council, Cllr Paul Diviani said: "It's fantastic to see that we are another step closer to delivering jobs. Our principles driving development in the West End of East Devon are clear- for every home we strive to build we strive to create one job; the bypass brings us a step closer to delivering those jobs. Now we must work alongside the developers to make those jobs a reality."

Ralph Collison of Alder King, joint agents with Jones Lang LaSalle on the project, commented:
"It is vitally important for a major regional centre such as Exeter to have a good supply of quality employment land to cater for expansion of existing businesses and inward investment."

The city has historically fared well attracting major occupiers such as the Met Office, EDF and a wide range of regional offices.

Exeter City Council Leader, Pete Edwards, said: "This is further evidence of the momentum behind the Exeter and East Devon growth agenda. The Clyst Honiton Bypass is a very real sign that Skypark and the distribution park is open for business and positions Skypark as arguably the premier new business park opportunity in the south west."

Infrastructure-led Development

The Clyst Honiton bypass will accommodate journeys to and from Skypark and all the other developments within the Growth Point.

Andrew Wood, Projects Director for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point said: "We have adopted an infrastructure-led approach to development here, creating all the ingredients for development to flourish.  The delivery of the Bypass has been made possible through a combination of public and private sector funding, a classic example of where working collaboratively to deliver infrastructure early on can enable development and deliver jobs."

The £9m for the Clyst Honiton Bypass has come from the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) (£3 million) and the Growth Fund Grant (£4.5 million), with the balance being funded by the Developers. An additional £300,000 was paid from the Growth Fund towards the cost of a design and tender package for the bypass and the main local route into the new community. Both of these funds are now managed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Mike Owen Project Manager to the New Community Partners, said: "We are delighted with the progress to date, in spite of the weather which has presented significant challenges at this stage in the process! We look forward to the completion and opening of the works during early 2013. The visible works are further testimony to the partnership between the stakeholder organisations including the Growth Point Team, the HCA and Devon County Council in enabling the bringing forward and delivery of the key piece of infrastructure."

Sainsbury's Distribution Warehouse

The Clyst Honiton Bypass also provides a vital link road for the Sainsbury's Distribution Centre which would be located on land at the northern end of the Bypass.

Work on the Sainsbury's Distribution Centre has yet to begin, but the building, which would be approximately 500,000 sq ft in area, and its associated facilities are expected to generate up to 450 employment opportunities, all supported by Sainsbury's training and development schemes.

The route of the new road is located on land to the east of the village of Clyst Honiton, linking the ‘new' A30 Trunk Road from the airport junction with the B3174 ‘London Road' to the north.  To meet aviation safety standards the construction of the bypass will include a new tunnel as it passes the end of the runway for Exeter International Airport.    

Issued 25th June 2012



Notes to Editors

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The Sainsbury's Distribution Centre development would also include associated facilities such as a gatehouse, energy centre, resource recycling unit, vehicle maintenance unit, fuel island, sprinkler tanks, pump house, vehicle wash, car, motorcycle, cycle and HGV parking.


For more information contact the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Team in the first instance:


Lesley Crocker (Monday / Tuesday)  07545 419360

Drew Aspinwall (Wednesday / Thursday) 07734 568 923