+++ Our Save Larkbeare House and Grounds Campaign is still running, see under ‘All Latest News’ – https://exetercivicsociety.org.uk/7-days-to-save-larkbeare-house/ .

Also see our responses (under ‘Latest News’) to the St Luke’s Campus Redevelopment and to the Heavitree & Whipton Active Streets Trial +++ 

ECS met the deadline in the current round of consultations for the 'Heavitree & Whipton Active Streets Trial'. We are in favour of letting the trail run for the whole intended time of 18 months before making final decisions. We support the principle of Low Traffic Networks where they help to reduce congestion in the city and improve people’s lives. However, we accept that for many the use of a vehicle, van or bus is essential, and for others a necessary convenience. We wish to see an efficient arterial highway network across the city that supports traffic movements and reduces congestion; ensuring roads allow all modes of traffic to move freely and safely, with a clear preference of vehicular commuter and through traffic on arterial roads rather than in residential areas. We hope that our response, which is informed by mixed observations from our members who are affected by the LTN, offers a balanced view about the trial and how some changes may help to make the LTN acceptable to the majority of residents living in the area and those living outside of the area who are affected by it.
ECS's response, handed in on 2 May 2024, welcomed the redevelopment masterplan, but raised concerns. The response covered respect for the surrounding area, height & mass of buildings, building design, tree cover and a few other points (pedestrian crossing and traffic calming measures, improved sports facilities, overall reduction in parking spaces).
In its latest 3 weekly meeting Exeter Civic Society's Planning Sub-Committee discussed the building application for the site of the Wonford Inn in Wonford Street, Priory Ward. At the time of the discussion 16 local people had already voiced their objections, reaching from not enough parking in the street to the suggested 16 residential units being too overbearing for the site. The building is locally listed and the last remaining pub in Wonford. Our Committee looked closer into the argument for the demolition of this historic pub, especially what the application says about the business case. And we found major flaws in this argumentation. We made this the basis of our letter of objection sent to Exeter City Council.
Then, Now & Next Walk: Countess Wear / Heavitree Loop
Wednesday 5th June 2024 at 14:00-16:00
2pm meet at the Tally Ho pub in Countess Wear
Our June walk will be the delayed one for May, and will be a circular walk taking us from Countess Wear to Heavitree and back: incorporating Duckes Meadow, Northbrook Park, Ludwell Valley and parts of Whipton. Let us hope we have walking weather and all will be fit to go!

Whether you’re a newcomer to Exeter or have lived here since before the War we’re sure you’ll love this great little city. It has a vibrant charm and a fascinating mix of buildings, and people! From the Roman Wall and Norman Castle to the lively city centre venues, shops and restaurants there is something for everyone. But a city is always changing, and those changes can be for the better or for the worse.

Exeter Civic Society was set up to care for Exeter and make sure that further redevelopments are of the highest possible standard for our city and for our quality of life. If you want to keep track of changes to the city, or find out more about its history you have come to the right place. Not only do we monitor new developments but we have talks about Exeter’s history and visits to local places, some of which you may not even know exist.

Exeter Civic Society publishes 'Prospectus'

Our 28pp “Prospectus for the Redevelopment of the Wider Water Lane Area” was published on 31 Oct 2022. For details please visit the ‘Current Concerns’ section of our website, then ‘Wider Water Lane Area Redevelopment’. 



Wider Water Lane Area Redevelopment