To help bring forward a better future for East Devon, Exeter City, Mid Devon and Teignbridge, the councils for these areas, in partnership with Devon County Council, have teamed up to prepare a joint Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP), which looks forward to 2040 and which will set out strategic planning framework for Greater Exeter area.
This document, which will sit above District level Local Plans and community Neighbourhood Plans, will take a long term strategic view, looking far enough ahead to ensure that important decisions about development and investment are coordinated.
Its purpose is to:
Establish an aspirational and joined-up vision for the area to:
- Meet the area’s housing needs in the right locations
- Secure economic growth and increased prosperity
- Provide transport and infrastructure improvements needed to support sustainable growth
- Safeguard and enhance the environmental assets of the area
A consultation was held between 27 February and 10 April 2017. The councils wanted to hear from residents, developers, landowners and other interested organisations about the main issues facing the area, with responses helping to inform a new joint plan that will identify the housing, jobs and infrastructure needs across the four districts in years to come.
There was also a ‘call for sites’ process running alongside the consultation which provided the opportunity for individuals or organisations to put forward suggestions for sites that may have potential for development in the future.