Supermarket plan to create 350 jobs and new homes
Hundreds of jobs and dozens of homes will be created by plans for a new supermarket, which will also create a new police hub, with up to 40 new police cells to house suspects.
Supermarket giant Morrisons is planning the new store at Middlemore, in Exeter.
The plans include 418 car parking spaces and a petrol station.
Also on the site will be 83 homes, divided across two areas, and a criminal justice centre, housing 40 police cells and a police hub.
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This will replace the station at Heavitree Road in the city which is nearing the end of its life and has high maintenance costs.
Morrisons says it will create 350 jobs for the store which will have its main entrance from Honiton Road at its junction with Wilton Way.
Access for the police hub and the homes will go in along Alderson Drive, although access to a visitors' centre for the criminal justice centre will be from Sidmouth Road, a few yards from the new fire station.
The new Morrisons will cover eight acres.
One area for homes is across Alderson Drive from the proposed food store.
The developers say this area, currently occupied by police buildings, would be suitable for 34 homes, possibly 14 two-bed properties, 18 three-bed properties and two four-bed properties.
In the middle of the site, which is currently home to the force helicopter, it is proposed to put 49 homes: four one-bed flats, 14 two-bed houses, 29 three-bed houses and two four-bed houses.
The force helicopter was due to move to a new base at Exeter Airport this summer, but there have been delays.
David Henson, city councillor for St Loyes, has said that his biggest worry about the plans are centred around transport, in particular the effect it will have on the Honiton Road/Sidmouth Road junction and Heavitree.
Coun Henson said: "This is going to create a lot more traffic, with solicitors going back and forward to the cells, and everyone going to this new centre will be using that junction which is a nightmare as it is. They will definitely have to do something about the junction, as it is an almighty problem.
"From this side of the city there are only two roads into the centre – the road through Heavitree and Pinhoe Road. Fore Street Heavitree is always congested now and this will just add to it."
Highways matters are also concerning Des Furness, a member of the Wilton Way Residents' Association.
Mr Furness said: "Any road alterations need to be carefully thought through and include safety, efficient use and future proofing.
"Therefore they need to be part of any greater planning and not just a short-term fix."
The plans for the redevelopment of the site have been lodged with the city council and work could start in 2014.
A police spokesman said: "The force is planning to build a new state-of-the-art criminal justice centre, incorporating 40 cells, and a modern operational policing hub with public access at Middlemoor."