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Liveable Exeter and Placemaking

If you’ve been following Liveable Exeter you may have noticed that we talk a lot about placemaking. In this week’s blog Project Director, Richard Marsh gives us his thoughts on placemaking and why it’s important in bringing to life the Liveable Exeter vision.

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A wellbeing walk in Exeter

If you’re finding this current lockdown a bit of a slog, then you’re not alone. Liveable Exeter's Project Officer took a walk through Exeter and found that even though she’s missing lots about the city, there are reasons to be cheerful.

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Blend and Flex: The Future of Work in Exeter

In 2020 much of the UK’s office-based workforce had to adapt to working from home, absorbing not just the needs of their employers and businesses, but in many cases their families too. There may be no place like home, but is home the place for work?

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Liveable Exeter: A Garden City

Exeter was granted Garden City designation in 2019 and as such Liveable Exeter was born. Working in close collaboration with local architects and partners the programme will create new homes for the city guided by Garden City principles. These principles have all been built into the core of Exeter’s Vision for 2040.

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Exeter: A Grand City on the Exe

Exeter is a beautiful city, steeped in history. It's part of what makes it so special and the Liveable Exeter programme seeks to enhance what has gone before. Watch the video from British Pathe to learn more about old Exeter.

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Active Travel

Urban communities which enable people to be active – as they travel for work and leisure – are at the heart of the Exeter’s ambitious and transformational plan for building 12,000 new homes fit for the 21st century. The Liveable Exeter goal is to build a sustainable city with 50% of people engaging in active travel, which focuses on walking and cycling, rather than travelling by private car.

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Liveable Exeter has evolved from a need to ensure that future growth supports health, well being and the environment, so the city and surrounding region continues to be an attractive location to live, work and visit. One of the key objectives of Liveable Exeter, as it embarks on a programme to create 12,000 new homes in sustainable neighbourhoods and communities, is to meet the city’s objective to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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Liveable sites

“By the time they are an adult, a child born in Exeter today will live in a city that is inclusive, healthy and sustainable.”

The Liveable Exeter Place Board

To help support the ambitions of the Liveable Exeter programme, the Liveable Exeter Place Board has been established to bring together all the major organisations in the city as well as private and voluntary sector figures.

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Future Place

COVID-19 has demonstrated the relationship between place and well-being, with some communities suffering disproportionately from the epidemic. But how should we design our towns and cities to improve personal and community welfare moving forward?

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Cultural Compact

Culture plays a vital role in ensuring well-being is at the heart of a place. Find out more about Exeter's forward looking Cultural Strategy and Arts Council Cultural Compact.

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