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Provocative editorial content intended to promote new thinking, stimulate debate and bring key issues to life

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Streets are for People

Transforming Exeter City Centre


Cars adversely affect economic output, air quality and wellbeing, take up valuable space when parked and discourage people from walking and cycling when driven. Reducing their use would enhance Exeter's retail and leisure offer, improve public health and attract needed workers to the city.

Spatial strategy

3 minute read

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Exeter St James Regeneration

The right kind of housing in the right place


How can the supply of low-cost, incrementally investable city centre accommodation be stimulated to attract and retain creative, technically-skilled young entrepreneurial talent?

Spatial strategy

3 minute read

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Productivity & Prosperity

The Role of People and Place in Economic Development

Regional strategic thinking increasingly recognises the value of our natural capital, but it is only by also placing human resources at the centre of an inclusive vision for sustainable prosperity that we can compete across the UK and abroad.

3 minute read

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Indie Exeter I

Independent Shops in Exeter

Property development in Exeter city centre is routinely displacing independent shops, creating significant risk and cost for affected businesses. Recent casualties include The Real Food Store, Hyde+Seek and The Exeter Barber Shop, which will soon have to move for the second time in three years. Is Exeter a good place to start a small retail business?

Spatial strategy

3 minute read

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Indie Exeter II

Independent Food & Drink in Exeter

Princesshay and Queen Street dining offer 21 food and drink outlets between them, all of them chains. A fortnight after further Guildhall development was recently announced, locally-owned Urban Burger was offered for sale at less than £100,000 after twelve years of trading. Would the city's culinary culture benefit from more independent restaurants?

Spatial strategy

3 minute read

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