Consultation on Greater Exeter Strategic Plan begins

March 9, 2017 by  

Residents of Devon are being asked for their views and opinions on the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP), an initiative that looks at the future of the area and issues that need to be addressed.

The GESP is being worked on by local authorities in Devon, looking at how the region can be improved as far into the future as 2040. Leaflet printing in Exeter might be used to generate more public interest.

Councillor Peter Edwards, who leads Exeter City Council, stated:

“Every weekday 37,000 people commute into Exeter and 11,000 people head out of Exeter. These volumes are second only to Cambridge and it is imperative that we address housing, transport and infrastructure in a joined-up way to respond to this reality.”

Councillor Clive Eginton, who heads the Mid Devon District Council, explained that people in the region do not live their lives within the neat administrative boundaries of the councils. Therefore, it is logical to make plans on a bigger scale. The proposals will address themes like economic growth, housing demand, transport infrastructure and environmental issues.

Organisations and individuals have been given the chance to suggest sites where fresh development could take place. The policy is that people can take advantage of the internet to submit their ideas.

Furthermore, an exhibition will be hosted in Exeter this month, which will enable citizens to discover more information about the GESP before the consultation period concludes on April 10th.