Exeter City Council has unveiled a bold new strategy to use a major housing development to transform Exeter into a healthier, more prosperous city.
Liveable Exeter was prepared by LDA Design and outlines how the Council’s plans for 12,000 new homes (by 2040) will benefit existing communities. The strategy suggests that the eight housing projects would change the way the city is planned, by including more pedestrianised streets in an effort to renew existing infrastructure that has been damaged by heavy traffic.
This will be done with responsive and agile urban design which takes advantage of changes in living patterns, and new technologies such as AV/EV, to support clean growth. The development would provide new types of work space, making use of disused buildings, and more space for recreation and entertainment including a major cultural destination on the river.
The strategy emphasises the qualities and assets that make Exeter liveable, and how these will attract investment as the city grows. Liveable Exeter also addresses congestion and other transport challenges holding the city back, and how to make active travel a genuinely inviting option to new communities.
Exeter City Council’s Chief Executive and Growth Director Karime Hassan comments: “Emerging thinking from transport planners would aim for half of the trips within the city to be made on foot or by bike. This complements aspirations to become the country’s most active city.”
Frazer Osment of LDA Design describes Liveable Exeter as an assertive move to fulfil the potential of the city. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to renew the structure of the city so that it can accommodate the sort of change and attract the investment it needs for its communities to prosper in the future. I believe that the strategy reflects exceptional creativity and ambition within the Council.”
Exeter is the sixth most expensive city in the country. Exeter City Futures programme director, Liz O’Driscoll, has welcomed proposals that could bring affordable housing and reduce the dominance of private cars.