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New Development Charter aims to elevate design standards in Exeter

Published: 10 May 2024

Liveable Exeter Placemaking Charter

A new charter has been launched in Exeter to ensure all developments across the city are designed and built to quality standards with sustainability and thriving communities in mind.

The Liveable Exeter Placemaking Charter has been unveiled by Exeter City Council. The visionary blueprint aims to elevate the quality and sustainability of new developments in Exeter.

The initiative is not just about constructing buildings; it's about crafting thriving communities that future generations will be proud to call home.

The Liveable Exeter Placemaking Charter has been drawn up thanks to the collaborative working of the Exeter Design Quality Partnership, which sees the coming together of City Council officers, developers, and design specialists to push for exceptional design and sustainability standards.

The Charter aims to foster an inclusive, healthy, and sustainable urban environment, aligning closely with Exeter’s ambitious Vision 2040, ensuring developments contribute positively to the city's fabric.

The Charter emphasises the use of innovative planning tools to create spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible and socially beneficial.

The initiative reflects a significant step towards realising a model of urban development that respects both heritage and modernity. By embracing such forward-thinking policies, Exeter is setting a benchmark for cities worldwide.

Council Leader Phil Bialyk said: “Exeter has seen significant growth over recent years and has an exciting future ahead as one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities. We aim to harness this growth to create a world-class city that meets the needs of all current and future residents.”

To view the Charter, visit Exeter City Council’s website at

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