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Our Response to the UK Gov’s Future of Planning White Paper

Insight : 30 October 2020


Our Summary


Our response to Planning for the Future, the UK government’s White Paper, is based on findings arising from cross-Exeter engagement led by Exeter City Futures in the development and facilitation of the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan, including the Emergency Transport and Retail roundtables.

We strive to continually engage residents, communities, community organisations, businesses, academia and the public sector in working towards the shared ambition that Exeter will be net zero by 2030 and remain so for future generations to come.



Our Key Responses


The key points raised in our response to the Planning for the Future White Paper are:

  • Current planning policy is recognised as a barrier to net zero, and local and national planning policies must align to allow net zero to be achieved by 2030
  • Planning policy must represent the immediate needs of our citizens and prioritise function of a place to enable net zero by 2030. It must not risk decisions made on beauty or out-of-date views on how places have operated until now
  • Value must be attributed to green space, and represented in planning decisions • Digital is only one component to meaningful engagement and reconnecting communities with planning process. Ensure engagement is inclusive.
  • Net Zero must be at the core of Planning Policy at local and national level.


Exeter City Futures’ full response to the UK Gov’s Future of Planning White Paper can be accessed via the link below:


Download Full Response





Net Zero Exeter 2030


We have collated a variety of resources, information and ways that you can get involved with the journey to a Net Zero Exeter, view them here.


We have also set up ‘Exeter’s Net Zero Journey’, an open Slack workspace dedicated to exploring the contents of the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan, discussing key topics areas, and helping to pull everyone together around a shared vision of a better future.

You can join the city-wide conversation by clicking on the button below: