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Evidence base for emerging Exeter Plan

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6. Liveable Exeter

Exeter has a Vision for 2040 to be a global leader in addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges including climate change and urban renewal. Liveable Exeter is an Exeter City Council initiative which will support the Exeter Plan to deliver the Exeter Vision 2040.

2019 Liveable Exeter Document


Liveable Exeter Principles

The Liveable Exeter document highlights how a transformational housing delivery programme can be the means to bring major investment into the city and renew its infrastructure for the 21st Century with the aim of improving peoples’ lives and wellbeing.

The principles will be used as a tool for planning officers, Members, developers and others discussing and bringing forward proposals for brownfield development within the city. The principles apply at all stages of planning and design from locating development and identifying projects for infrastructure renewal down to the detailed design of individual buildings.

2023 Liveable Exeter Principles Document


Water Lane

Water Lane has been identified by Exeter City Council as a significant opportunity for regeneration and an important site in delivering the type of living, working, learning and leisure environment Exeter needs in the future. It will be a flagship development setting a benchmark for future Liveable Exeter sites.

The Water Lane principles document expresses Exeter City Council’s aspirations for the redevelopment of the site. They are intended to ensure that development of the various land parcels is coordinated towards a cohesive, low-carbon and place-led outcome.

They have been written to expand on the Liveable Exeter Principles to ensure the full intent of the wider Liveable Exeter initiative is captured. The principles set out an overarching placemaking framework for Water Lane including site specific requirements that development will be expected to meet. They are intended to help guide developer proposals and allow decisions to be made on whether individual planning applications meet the requisite quality.

Water Lane Principles Document



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