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Exeter invited to have their say on future development of the city

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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EXETER’S public are being invited to have their say on the future development of the city.

Running from now until February 21, the proposals discussing areas for future new housing, as well as the regeneration of the Grecian and Water Lane areas, and transport, retail, and leisure provision.

The plan proposes allocating several sites within the city to provide more than 1,000 homes.

These include the site of the former Exwick Middle School, the open area of Mary Arches car park, land at Exeter cricket ground, Middlemoor and the site of the Royal Deaf Academy in Topsham Road.

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The planning document also proposes a new 120 bed hotel within walking distance of Sandy Park provided the capacity of the conference facilities at the rugby ground is increased.

The planning document has already received a lot of attention, with more than 600 comments received by the city council following a period of consultation last year. These comments have now been taken into account to produce a draft document on which the public’s views are now again being sought.

When finished the document will allocate land for new development in Exeter, designate land for protection and contain policies that will be used to determine future planning applications. It will also contain a map of where development is proposed.

The growth of Exeter helps boost the local economy, brings high quality facilities and services into the city and can help communities meet their own needs.

Cllr Rachel Sutton, lead councillor for city development, said: “Exeter needs development to be able to thrive.

“Not only can it give a welcome boost to the economy, it is needed to meet the significant housing need.

“Exeter’s continued growth will also result in the collection of money from developers to help fund new infrastructure including leisure facilities, schools and transport. In this way new development will fund vital infrastructure.”

The city council will also continue to fund community projects, such as a replacement roof for the St Thomas Social Club and improvements to Alphington Community Hall, from the money received for new homes under the New Homes Bonus scheme.

The consultation will last for 10 weeks.

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