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Consultation is underway on the Liveable Exeter Placemaking Charter

Published: 18 January 2024

Consultation focuses on charges for pre-application planning advice

A consultation has begun on the Council’s proposed new Liveable Exeter Placemaking Charter.

The charter has a focus on the introduction of charges for pre-application planning advice. The Council is seeking feedback from developers, planning agents, architects, community groups and other stakeholders.

The Charter outlines the Council’s aspirations for achieving excellence in design quality, sustainability, and placemaking for new developments in Exeter.

It forms a pivotal part of the new Exeter Design Quality Partnership (EDQP), uniting the City Council, developers, and stakeholders to elevate standards collaboratively. The Council’s shared vision aims to make Exeter inclusive, healthy, and sustainable.

As part of the Council’s commitment to enhancing the planning process, it is proposing a structured approach to pre-application advice charging. This service will add substantial value to the planning consent process.

The proposed charging structure includes three levels of service:

1 Level 0 – Scoping (£300 + extras): A one-hour officer meeting to discuss the principle of development, identify key issues, and advise on the appropriate route forward.

2 Level 1 – Standard (£3,550 + extras): Includes an unaccompanied site visit, site history, validation advice, presentation to the Planning Member Working Group, Design Review Panel attendance, consultation with statutory consultees, identification of key policies, and up to three sessions with the case officer.

3 Level 2 – PPA (Bespoke): A tailored Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) offer designed to match the project's merits and issues. The approach to PPA design is detailed in the Exeter Design Quality Partnership Charter.

The consultation period runs from 15 January to 25 February. To view the document and access the survey visit 

If anyone has any questions they can get in touch at


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