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Liveable Exeter community engagement with council development director Ian Collinson

COMMENT  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

Property development promotion as community planning participation

If the Liveable Exeter property development scheme and its Exeter Development Fund financing vehicle are already intended to "anchor and underpin" the new Exeter Local Plan, what will public consultation on the plan decide?

Church Road traffic congestions

ANALYSIS  ⁄  TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

Alphington "enhancements" will not mitigate traffic impact from massive South West Exeter extension

County council manipulates public consultation and allocates just 1% of £55 million grant to pedestrian scheme while spending 75% on new roads and increased road capacity for 3,500 new cars expected on greenfield housing estate.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Irrationale by design?

    The second of two RAMM-hosted Liveable Exeter promotional events, focussed on Exeter’s future as a “garden city”, took place last night with the city council’s Director of City Development, Ian Collinson topping the bill...

    PLANNING & PLACE

  • Exeter Statement of Community Involvement cover

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Council rejects calls for greater community involvement in Exeter planning policy and decisions

    Council defends existing approach despite Statement of Community Involvement consultation producing just 17 responses, and won't do more to promote neighbourhood planning despite prospect of enhanced community powers.

    Magdalen Road public consultation results option preferences bar chart

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

    £900,000 to keep Magdalen Road one-way system despite decisive public support for low traffic street

    County council misrepresented and omitted key public consultation findings in report and did not publish results until after decision taken in favour of option with only 18% public support. Exeter Observer snapshot survey finds 90%+ motor vehicles passing shops are through traffic.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    RAMM-bunctious

    The city museum is the latest Exeter institution to get roped into fronting Liveable Exeter property development scheme promotion...

    PLANNING & PLACE

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Tik tok

    The county council-convened Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG) has continued its apparent commitment to avoiding public scrutiny of its decision-making by simultaneously publishing the minutes of six of its meetings (which are held in private without published agendas) at the end of May — despite some being held in March...

    CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    More talk less action

    The county council has derived more surprising new insights from the second phase of a consultation on the impact of traffic in Heavitree and Whipton...

    TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    We heart climate crisis

    Anyone who might have been tempted to believe that the climate crisis is at the heart of everything Exeter City Council does (as it repeatedly claims) need look no further than its response to the consultation on the Devon climate assembly’s output report for clarification...

    CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

  • Exeter Digest #9: Pennsylvania petitioners - Devon Pension Fund - University social mobility - Harlequins fate sealed

    Our ninth newsletter is a bumper edition providing plenty of independent public interest journalism to keep you company on long midwinter evenings.

    Exeter Digest #7: CityPoint pop-ups reprieve - When is a PBSA not a PBSA? - Greta tells it like it is

    In our seventh newsletter we review recent key stories, round up the news in brief and highlight think tank ideas for "community-powered conservatism" and how to deliver for real housing need.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Priory vs Pinhoe

    Initial proposals for changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries which will come into force in late 2023, and so are likely to affect the next general election, are currently out for consultation...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • Exeter Digest #6: Liveable Exeter Place Board double bill - Scrutiny under scrutiny - Catastrophic climate change or cake?

    In the sixth edition of our newsletter we review key stories from the past few weeks, get some perspective on our predicament and find some unlikely claims on a local Labour leaflet.

    Exeter Digest #4: University and council drop development standards - Exe valley under threat - Kinder Exeter community festival

    In the fourth edition of our newsletter we also welcome trainee reporter Jenna McGill to the team and introduce the first Exeter Observer caption competition.

    Exeter Digest #3: Devon Pension Fund fossil fuel investment - SW Exeter district heating network - Exeter local election results

    The third edition of our essential newsletter offers something for everyone on sunny bank holiday weekend.

    Net Zero Exeter logo

    COMMENT  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Is Exeter City Council going to abandon its Net Zero 2030 target?

    Review suggests alignment with Devon Carbon Plan, currently aimed at 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050, citing "technical and financial challenges ahead", although change in policy would require decision by councillors after 6 May local elections.

    Exeter Digest #2: Exeter local elections guide - Majority want net zero by 2030 - Council meetings to resume in person

    With the local elections a week today and a bank holiday weekend on its way we thought we'd publish our second edition a day early to give you extra time to take your pick of our top stories.

    Exeter Digest #1: Statistics in the balance - Dartmoor Line to reopen - Local elections are coming

    In this first edition of Exeter Observer's email newsletter we introduce our format and bring you up to date with our coverage over the past couple of months.

    Greater Exeter Strategic Plan banner

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Is the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan GESPing for air?

    The Greater Exeter Strategic Plan has been a long time in gestation. When it finally arrives, will it deliver?

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