After more than 4 hours of presentations and debate, Exeter City Council Planning Committee voted 8:5 in favour of the Haven Banks mixed housing development. Richard Smith from the Haven Banks Neighbourhood Group used his 3 minutes to point out that approving the current plan meant that 17.5% of the projected homes for the wider Water Lane area redevelopment would be built on 5% of the land. He rightly called this overdevelopment of this site. Exeter Council Leader Phil Bialyk spoke as a Councillor at the Committee meeting pointing out that the decision the Committee members would take would send a signal to the potential developers of the other brownfield sites. In an at times emotional plea, he warned that it was a major strategic decision to be taken and that approval was needed to support the overarching vision for the city's development. Later Ian Collinson, Director of City Development, spoke in the closing stages before the debate, also highlighting that this was a critical moment for this council's brownfield strategy, which had to be shown as being deliverable. For him the overarching benefit of the Haven Banks Application was clear, he concluded his lengthy statement.