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£40m retail park planned for Exeter and major chains

By February 1, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog

Plans are in for a giant £40m retail park in Exeter that would create up to 400 jobs.

McDonald's, Costa Coffee, M&S Food Hall and Lidl are just some of the big chains already lined up to take units at a landmark scheme off Honiton Road.

A similar Consolidated Property Group project for the land was rejected by Exeter City Council on the basis it would destroy High Street trade. However the plans seem to be bigger than ever for 2018. 


The site

The site is around two and a half miles east of the city centre and is just north of the Sowton Industrial Estate, and South of the Met Office.

Access to the site is off Fitzroy Road on the eastern corner of the site. It joins to the M5 motorway nearby, via junction 29.

It forms a larger vision for the city as East Exeter Growth Point which includes expansion to the airport, construction at Exeter Science Park, a training pilot academy, housing and a freight train terminal.

According to a planning statement, the design team feels that this development is pivotal to the wider master plan and the expansion of Exeter.

It will offer a 'new retail facility to the existing, new residents and businesses. Its high quality architecture and design will further emphasise the architectural diversity and modern architectural feel of this part of Exeter.'

The offer

According to documents submitted to the city council this week, operators have put their names to the massive units.

They are:

UNIT A – Next At Home

UNIT B – Marks & Spencer

UNIT C – Boots

UNIT D – Lidl

UNIT E – Mothercare

UNIT H – McDonald's

UNIT J – Costa