East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon and Teignbridge, in partnership with Devon County Council, are working together, engaging with stakeholders and communities, to prepare a new joint plan. By working together, the aim is to deliver the best possible outcomes for the provision of new homes, jobs and infrastructure for existing and future generations, while also protecting and enhancing the environment. The plan is being called the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and the Greater Exeter area covers all of the four local authority areas, excluding Dartmoor National Park.


The purpose of the GESP is to:


  • Have a joined-up vision and aspirations for the area

  • Meet the area’s housing needs in the right locations

  • Secure economic growth and increased prosperity

  • Provide transport and infrastructure improvements needed to support sustainable growth

  • Conserve and enhance the area’s environment


In respect of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP), and since our last Local Development Scheme was approved, there have been a number of factors which have delayed plan production.  These include the fact that a great many sites were submitted through the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment ‘call for sites’ and these are being carefully assessed as well as  further draft changes to national Government planning policy and a wish to investigate differing ways to ensure we can secure the best forms of development, including the highest quality new housing with supporting facilities, to meet our future needs.  Accordingly, it is now likely that the Draft GESP will be published in the summer of 2018 instead of January.  The Local Development Scheme will be updated shortly.


Consultation on the GESP commenced Monday 27 February and ran until Monday 10 April. The consultation was on the following documents:

  • Statement of Community Involvement

    The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how we will consult members of public and other stakeholders in the preparation of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.

  • Draft Sustainability Appraisal

    The Sustainability Appraisal is the appraisal of the economic, environmental and social effects of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and is used to inform its preparation, ensuring decisions accord with sustainable development.


   To view these documents, please click the document title.

There was also a call for sites and this was open to anyone wishing to promote land for housing or economic development within the Greater Exeter area.


For further information please click the link to be redirected to the GESP website.





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