Greater Exeter to receive new garden community

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse has announced that a new garden community of up to 20,000 much-needed new homes will be built across Exeter and the surrounding area.

As part of the deal for the South-West, the homes will be built in the region by 2040, providing properties for families and vibrant new communities in the picturesque Devon surroundings.

With £750,000 of government funding backing the project, the money will be used to fund dedicated project teams, master planning work, and studies to anticipate and offset the impact of housing growth. These will be communities where people can live, work and raise families in a quality development.

Three councils - Exeter City Council, East Devon Council and Teignbridge District Council – are working together on plans for the development.

Malthouse said: “This is fantastic news for Exeter and the surrounding area. We are making an urgent push to build more, better, faster, and it is good to see the authorities working together to plan 20,000 much-needed properties built in Devon. This project is the next latest step towards meeting our aim of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, in the areas where people need them the most.”

The new scheme in Greater Exeter will join the 28 existing garden communities the government is currently supporting.