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TO BE EDITED – This consultation is the first stage in producing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and is designed to stimulate debate early in the process. We are seeking your views on the scope and content of the plan and the key issues facing the area. Your feedback will help shape the first draft the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan which will be consulted on in 2018.

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Please note: we are also consulting on our draft Statement of Community Involvement and draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.

Other ways to get involved

If you need an alternative format to submit a response please contact us. You can download an offline PDF form, to be saved and emailed.

We will be holding public exhibitions where you can learn more about the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.

Date/time Place
Wednesday 8th March, 2pm – 8pm Mackarness Hall, High Street, Honiton, EX14 1PG
Wednesday 15th March, 2pm – 8pm Mid Devon District Council Office, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6PP
Thursday 16th March, 2pm – 8pm The Guildhall, High Street, Exeter, EX4 3EB
Thursday 23rd March, 2pm – 8pm Old Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

If you would like to be kept informed of progress on the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan without responding to this consultation please register your details on our Stay Informed page.


Guidance on consultation questions

Below are the questions the consultation asks and some further information to help when writing your response. Please note that you do not need to answer all questions to provide your response.

Question 1

Do you have any comments on the content of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and its relationship with other plans?

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Page 4 of the consultation document provides a high level explanation of the proposed contents of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan. It also contains a diagram to illustrate the relationship this plan has with other planning documents within the Greater Exeter area.

A more detailed discussion of the themes and topics the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan will address is contained on page 9 of the consultation document, linked to Question Four.

Question 2

Do these reflect the issues you see facing Greater Exeter? If not, what should we add or change?

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Pages 6 and 7 of the consultation document set out our initial ideas on the issues affecting those who live and work in the Greater Exeter area. Seven topic areas are presented in the document, with bold text used to highlight the issues we have identified. We have sought to focus on issues that a spatial plan can seek to address.

As a resident or person interested in the Greater Exeter area we are keen to establish whether the issues we have identified reflect what you are seeing in your local area. If any issues have been missed, please let us know.

Question 3

Is the draft vision appropriate for guiding the future of the Greater Exeter area up to 2040? If not, what changes would you like to see?

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Page 8 of the consultation document sets out a draft vision to guide the Greater Exeter area up to 2040. It is important we have a strong, clear and aspirational vision for the area. The vision needs to make sure that the plan addresses the right issues and helps achieve an improved future.

Question 4

Have we missed anything? If yes, what additions or changes should we make?

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Page 9 sets out the themes we have identified for the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan. These are suggestions made to deliver the draft vision (page 8) and address the planning issues identified (page 6 & 7).

It is important that we identify themes that will bring the most benefit to the Greater Exeter area, as they will define the key objectives for the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.

Question 5

If we are to meet the area’s needs for housing and employment, what forms of development do you feel best deliver our draft vision?

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  • More efficient use of land in Exeter
  • Major urban extensions in Exeter and main towns
  • Dispersed small scale development
  • Stand alone new communities
  • Other

Pages 10 and 11 consider the current distribution of housing and employment growth in the Greater Exeter area as well as the options that the plan could adopt for future development. It is important that the forms of development we pursue fulfil the objectives set out in our vision and ensure sustainable development.

Definition of terms

More efficient use of land in Exeter
More efficient use of land could include considering the density of development, brownfield sites, and unused sites.

Major urban extension
Involves the planned expansion of a city or town and can contribute to creating more sustainable patterns of development when located in the right place, with well-planned infrastructure including access to a range of facilities, and when developed at appropriate densities.

Dispersed development
Dispersed development spreads houses and employment out over a wide area. This scenario would require significant development in existing towns and settlements, seeking to maximise utilisation of existing infrastructure.

Stand alone new communities
Newly planned settlements. The scale of development would inform the nature of the community e.g. a village or town. The main purpose of new towns historically was to reduce congestion through the creation of attractive urban units that would provide local employment for their residents.

We would welcome your ideas for other development distribution approaches you think we could take with the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.

Question 6

Are there any further comments you would like to make on the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan?

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We welcome any further thoughts you may have about the plan.