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Exeter Plan includes new climate policies

Published: 17 November 2023

Exeter Plan consultations are taking place across the city

People from across the city have been attending consultation events on the Exeter Plan and asking questions about the how policies will impact the city for the next twenty years.

Polices for the natural environment, climate change and active travel are the topics that, just like last year’s consultation, receive the most interest and feedback.

In fact, last year’s consultation feedback clearly showed that Exeter supports a sustainable agenda, including focus on brownfield development, with responses suggesting that the Exeter Plan should go further.

As such the full draft plan has been updated and now includes new policies on future development standards, embodied carbon, ground-mounted photovoltaic arrays and solar ready development.

Cllr Emma Morse, Lead Councillor for City Development, said: “The city’s ambition for climate and the natural environment is incredibly challenging, but the nature of the issue justifies. Success will only be achieved through a genuinely collective effort; we need all organisations, individuals and institutions to play their part.

"The Exeter Plan will need to manage development pressures on our local environment to provide benefits for landscape and wildlife, improve access to natural greenspaces and provide gains for wildlife. Whilst also helping us to combat climate change and provide a high-quality environment for people to enjoy.

"These policies impact every one of us living and working in Exeter. So please get involved with this consultation and tell us what you think. Your voice matters.”

Visit to find out more information and complete short surveys until 15 January 2024.

Event dates are:

20 Nov - The Guildhall, High Street, EX4 3EB, 1pm to 7pm

27 Nov - Emmanuel Hall, Emmanuel Road, St Thomas, EX4 1EJ, 1pm to 7pm

28 Nov - Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PQ, 11am – 2pm

5 Dec - Alphington Village Hall, Ide Lane, EX2 8UP, 1pm to 7pm

7 Dec - Positive Lights, Sidwell Street, EX4 6RD, 1pm to 7pm

12 Dec - Newcourt Community Centre, Blakeslee Drive, EX2 7FN, 1pm to 7pm

NEW 13 Dec - Toby Carvery, Rydon Lane, Middlemoor, Exeter, EX2 7HL, 4pm – 7pm

NEW 11 Jan - St Thomas Cricket & Social Club, Grace Road, Marsh Barton, EX2 8PU, 1pm to 7pm

Copies of all documents can be viewed in the reception area at the Civic Centre, as well as in libraries across the city.

Queries can be made by contacting the Local Plans team on 01392 265080 or at

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