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2 months ago

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The Exeter Canal Basin is often referred to the City Basin. It is a harbour on the very edge of the inland city centre. Designation as a Heritage Harbour has led to the need for a strategically fresh approach in relation to the city centre itself. Exeter Harbour is a superb city centre amenity every day, during the day and throughout the evening, that can enhance the vitality of the city centre. It is an addition to the city of culture. It has the potential to become even more connected. Strategically, together with the Quay, it is important to the priority of a prosperous local economy. 7.4 We recommend the Canal Basin is given a priority place in the work on the new city centre strategy. Yet in paragraph 7.5, ‘Looking ahead’, the value of the water is not mentioned. We do not believe it is in competition with the high streets, but a magnetic attraction complementary as a harbourside is to the seaside town behind it. Our district and local centres The recent identification of the Quay and Canal Basin as a local centre (paragraph 7.7) together with Alphington, Burnthouse Lane, Topsham Road–St Leonard’s and Countess Wear indicates the different nature of the Basin and Quay. The others are areas that provide a vital range of facilities and services to support their communities. The residential community of the Basin and Quay, though a large one, lives at short distances from all the facilities of the city centre in one direction, and the ‘district centre’ of St Thomas in the other. The facilities of the Basin and Quay are consequently quite different and more a shared resource for all Exeter’s residents. This is an important point for HS1: The vitality of our high streets and centres (Strategic policy). We urge that the significance of the Quay and Canal Basin – central, city-wide and local – is acknowledged in strategic policy HS1.

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3 months ago

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Car accessed retail: Policy HS1 makes a strong case for discouraging out of town retail on the basis of negatively affecting the viability and vitality of existing centres. This could be further strengthened by including additional requirements on accessibility by active and public transport and refusing developments which will be primarily accessed by private car. Proposal: develop a policy to ensure accessibility for active and public transport is part of any retail development. Consider a policy that assumes new retail parks will not primarily be accessed by private car.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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Please see the comments submitted on behalf of Broom

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