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Views are sought on plans to create a Harbour Revision Order for Exeter

Published: 6 February 2024

Views are sought on plans to create a Harbour Revision Order for Exeter Exeter Canal

Stakeholders are being asked to share their view on proposals for a Harbour Revision Order (HRO) for Exeter.

A HRO is a set of rules which govern what the authority can do and the powers that it has within the boundaries of the harbour in Exeter.

The HRO will help to secure the improvement, maintenance and management of the Port in an efficient and economical manner and provide the Council with a set of flexible statutory powers.

A formal six-week consultation will take place later in the year.

But port stakeholders are now being offered an advanced opportunity to consider the HRO application documents. The aim is to allow any queries to be resolved ahead of formal consultation.

The following draft documents are available to download until 29 February:

  • Harbour Revision Order
  • Statement in Support
  • The Port Limits Plan
  • The Port Premises Plan

All of these documents are available to view and download on the Council’s website along with more information about the HRO and some frequently asked questions.

Three drop-in sessions, where port stakeholders can discuss their comments in-person with harbour staff, have also been arranged.

They take place on:

  • Monday 19 February, 6pm to 7.30pm, at the Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club, Brunel Tower, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter, EX6 8PR
  • Tuesday 20 February, 6pm to 7.30pm, at the Exe Sailing Club, Tornado, Shelly Road, Exmouth, EX8 1EG
  • Wednesday 21 February, 6pm to 7.30pm, at the Exe Watersports Association, 62 Haven Road, Exeter, EX2 8GP

Cllr Ruth Williams, Lead Councillor with Responsibility for Waterways, said: “It is very important that the Council has the necessary powers to ensure the effective and efficient management of the city’s waterways, and a Harbour Revision Order is designed to achieve this.

“We want to make sure that as many people as possible get to have their say during the various stages of consultation, and we are now asking stakeholders to review the documents we have created and share their views with us, and I urge them to do so.

“Later this year we will launch a formal six-week consultation, and we will continue to keep everyone fully informed throughout the process.”

For more information visit the Council’s website:

Any representations should be sent to by 29 February.

The Council will review and consolidate all the responses received and produce a summary document of the key themes raised and the response to them.

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