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East Devon are working jointly with Teignbridge, Mid Devon and Exeter City local planning authorities, as well as Devon County Council, on GESP policy, which will set out strategic planning framework for Greater Exeter area.

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.

People are being invited to share their views about the future of this Greater Exeter area and the key issues that need to be addressed. The comments received will help to inform a new joint plan that will identify the housing, jobs and infrastructure needs across the four districts in years to come.

A consultation is being held between 27 February and 10 April 2017. The councils want to hear from residents, developers, landowners and other interested organisations about the main issues facing the area, with responses forming part of the first phase of the plan preparation process.

Four exhibitions are being held so people can find out more about the plan:

  • Wednesday 8 March: 2pm – 8pm. Mackarness Hall, High Street, Honiton
  • Wednesday 15 March: 2pm – 8pm. Mid Devon District Council Office, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton
  • Thursday 16 March: 2pm – 8pm. The Guildhall, High Street, Exeter
  • Thursday 23 March: 2pm – 8pm. Old Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot

People can also visit the GESP website for more information and to respond.

Across the area there is a need to ensure that enough housing is provided for the future, and that it is the right type in the right places and at prices that suit people’s budgets.

For communities to thrive, jobs and infrastructure are needed but it’s also recognised that this area of Devon has special environmental qualities that need protecting and enhancing so it remains a great place to live, work and visit.

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

There is also a ‘call for sites’ process running alongside the consultation which provides the opportunity for individuals or organisations to put forward suggestions for sites that may have potential for development in the future. An online form to provide details of potential sites is available.