Future Place Greater Exeter
Exeter is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. It sits within a network of thriving rural villages and coastal towns that together represent a population of around 450,000 people. By 2040 Greater Exeter wants to be recognised as a global leader in sustainable living and one of the most active, healthy and accessible, cities in England. A group of five local authorities was formed to create the ‘Greater Exeter Strategic Plan’ – a joined-up vision for the area. Joint initiatives include: making public transport quicker and more convenient, promoting active travel, freeing up land used for driving and parking for social uses, and building more green spaces with arts and cultural facilities to encourage healthier lifestyles. In the next twelve months the Authorities intend to publish their draft ‘Strategic Plan’ for the new Exeter sub-region and launch a transformational housing plan for the City to deliver 12,000 new homes between 2020 to 2040. Working closely with their Community Interest Company, Exeter City Futures, Greater Exeter will draw on the Future Place Programme to ensure placemaking is at the heart of their innovative approach to challenges faced by their vast and varied communities.