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Exeter City Council unveils new vision to Chamber members

By February 7, 2019January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog

Karime Hassan addressed over 100 business leaders at the first Exeter Chamber Business Breakfast Briefing this morning at Exeter Library.

Karime presented Liveable Exeter, Exeter City Council's vision for delivering a transformational housing programme in Exeter from 2020 to 2040 with a bold vision to create 12,000 new homes in Exeter over the next 20 years.  The vision unveiled included graphics of how St David’s, Marsh Barton and other areas of the city might be transformed into thriving residential areas in the future, with high quality-built environments and an increasing focus on cycling and walking as a means to getting around, and enjoying, the city.

Karime Hassan, chief executive and growth director of Exeter City Council said: “I'm confident that if we make a beautiful place then people will give up the car to live in that beautiful place.”

To view the plans for the Transformation Housing Delivery Programme, click here >

Exeter's neighbourhoods of the future

The vision highlights the possibility of creating eight new neighbourhoods in the city:

  1. Red Cow Village (St David’s) – 664 homes in new neighbourhood, including new work space, including use of under-utilised station buildings, in a highly accessible location.
  2. Water Lane (close to Exe Valley Park)  – 1,567 homes in a new place to live and work. A space for expanding leisure attractions near the quay, with low traffic or car-free development with attractive cycle and walking connections.
  3. Marsh Barton – 5,544 homes in a new neighbourhood for Exeter. The area remains an important employment and retail area, but with the integration of living and working where uses are compatible, to make better use of riverside location. Development linked to proposed train station. Creation of new types of work space, including light industrial, workshops, office and shared work space.
  4. East Gate (Heavitree Road) – 962 new homes, an enhanced approach to the city centre from the east, reduced traffic on Heavitree Road and a greater provision for public transport, walking and cycling. New places to live close to the city centre will exist alongside existing neighbourhoods.
  5. West Gate (Western Way)  – 617 new homes, opening up access to the river and canal from the city centre, a new cultural destination on the river, an expanded and connected park at the heart of the city, a Green Bridge promoting active travel across the river.
  6. South Gate (Holloway Street/South Street linked via Topsham Road) – 300 new homes, establishing an improved link between the city centre and the historic quayside, with a greater emphasis on the wall, city gates and Southernhay, linking from Southernhay to the Quay, and a new arrival to the city centre from Topsham Road.
  7. North Gate (North Street)  – 308 new homes, a new approach to the city from St David’s, uncovering the medieval city wall between Friernhay and Northernhay Gardens, a new living opportunity at density in the heart of the city.
  8. Sandy Gate (land off Sandygate roundabout)  – 1,050 new homes in a new sustainable and well connected mixed-use neighbourhood, bridging the city and the new and existing neighbourhoods to the east, providing recreational, cultural and entertainment space where Exeter meets the newly formed Clyst Valley Park.