These proposals – which are being brought forward by experienced developer Coplan Estates and its joint venture partner Welbeck CP – would reinvigorate and bring activity back to what is now predominantly a redundant retail park.

They will deliver much-needed new homes in Exeter and create significant benefits for the local community as part of a new urban village.

The site is no longer viable as a retail park. Both Matalan and the Range have closed their stores and relocated to other premises in the city, and we are in discussions with Tenpin to identify an alternative site in Exeter. We now need to define a new future for this site in a way which contributes positively to the area.

Our proposals aim to do this by delivering new energy-efficient homes (with a range of types and tenures) carefully planned together with ground-floor high-quality public realm, local shops/café space, play space and new areas of green space.

We are encouraging sustainable forms of transport, prioritising pedestrian and cycle routes and low car usage.

Our ambition is for these regeneration plans to improve not just the site but connect with the riverside environment more widely and the surrounding residential areas.

Public drop-in events

We’re holding two events for the local community to find out more about the proposals and ask any questions to the team.

Where: Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Haven Road, EX2 8DP


  1. Friday 13 May; 12pm-5pm
  2. Saturday 14 May; 10am-3pm

You can drop-in at any point during the events.

Useful documents

  • Consultation leaflet
  • Consultation advert