A master plan is a long-term planning document that gathers information to provide a detailed framework to guide future growth and developmentin a specific location. It takes an overview of a defined area and sets out general principles for how that area will be developed, including directions for the provision of highways and green infrastructure, alongside setting standards for the range of buildings and their uses, densities and heights.
• MONKERTON & HILL BARTON MASTERPLAN Described by Exeter City Council as designed “to guide the future development of a sustainable urban extension to the north east of the city. It will supplement policies in the adopted core strategy .. and will be important for guiding future planning applications for the site. The Masterplan has been produced to enable to comprehensive development of this area through the planning process”
The consultation period ran from 1 March to 12 April 2010. It was approved by Exeter City Council Executive on 28 September 2010 and 23 November 2010.
Monkerton Masterplan was NOT formally adopted by Exeter City Council, resulting in a series of challenges and problems due to a lack of agreed development standards
• CLYST VALLEY REGIONAL PARK MASTERPLAN This award-winning 25 year masterplan covers an area half the size of Exeter, beginning at Pinhoe’s boundary edge with East Devon District Council.
“Devon is well-known for its countryside with national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, estuaries and beautiful coastline. But there is greater pressure than ever on these stunning locations. With a growing population, it is necessary to provide much-needed homes, jobs and infrastructure. As more people explore the countryside, it is imperative that we protect and enhance our green spaces because getting active outdoors keeps us healthy and happy, plus the countryside can help us address climate change by storing carbon and water, as we work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2040”
The concept of the Clyst Valley Regional Park is that a number of greenspaces will be linked by greenways. There is no intention that the whole of the Regional Park will become accessible to the public, as most of it is in private ownership. However, 762 hectares is currently accessible and the ambition is to increase that by a further 740 hectares over 25 years. A large proportion of the Regional Park is within the National Trust’s Killerton estate. 40% of the Regional Park is within a floodplain. The concept of the Regional Park originates from the Green Infrastructure Strategy (Exeter & East Devon Growth Point Team, 2009). The diagram below is taken from this strategy and shows the ‘clyst meadows’ as a “well defined network of accessible semi-natural greenspaces and less accessible biodiversity rich areas…creating a strong buffer between [Exeter] and the countryside”.
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PINHOE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Registered as a charity in 1978, the PCA was instrumental in supporting many local community groups; unfortunately the group has been unable to hold any meetings since before the pandemic. Chair: Sue Salter, Pinhoe ChurchCommittee Trustee: Ruth Smith, retired City Councillor and Deputy Mayor (Conservative Party)
PINHOE COMMUNITY CENTRE: AMERICA HALL Built with funds donated by the families and friends of American servicemen who were stationed in Devon during the Second World War. Opened in 1952 and run as a charity, the Hall provides facilities for a wide range of community groups, businesses and religious organisations: click here for a link to their diary of events. Trustees: Robert Oliver (2016), David Blundell (2021), Phil Hoare (2021), Robin Hoad (2021), Chris Cutland (2021), Sue Cutland (2021), Ryan Williams (2020), Paul Hanson (2018), Jean Thornett (2016), Duncan Wood (2016, City Councillor Labour Party), Richard Adams (2012), Colin Thorne, Ian Roberts; Secretary: Angela Roberts
PINHOE COMMUNITY HUB Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in March 2019 with a working title of Friends of Pinhoe Library. The Hub group formally submitted their business plan to Exeter City Council earlier this year (available here). Planning permission for the community centre has been granted on the site of the changing rooms at Station Road Playing Fields (see pics below) Trustees: Val Dixon (retired City Councillor and Lord Mayor, Labour Party), Wendy Bodell (publisher of Pinhoe Press, Chair of Friends of Pinhoe Library, Chair of Whipton Community Association), Tracy Adams (County Councillor, Labour Party), Duncan Wood (City Councillor, Labour Party), Rachel Hodgson-Magee, Lynne Rose, Angela Roberts (Secretary of Pinhoe Community Centre, America Hall); Treasurer: James Dalgleish (Premier Financial Planning)
PINHOE VILLAGE The Pinhoe Village group was founded in 2019 to collect and celebrate local history. Monthly meetings gathered a collection of maps, documents and photographs which grew into an exhibition and began both a community archive and an annual fundraising calendar.
Members of Pinhoe Village formed Pinhoe Community Support with the Community Helpline in the early days of the covid pandemic. Helpline team: Martyn Goss, Kate Jago, Margaret Mogford were joined by Wendy Cranston, John Thorndyke; Volunteer coordination: Jane Fletcher-Peters; Treasurer: Simon Moore. After more than two years of supporting our community, delivering over 2000 plates of afternoon teas, hundreds of miles walked and cycled delivering prescriptions, and countless shopping lists delivered by dedicated volunteers, the Community Helpline continues to provide a range of support to local residents.
The Little House, funded by local donations and refurbished by volunteers, began as a community library / pantry / plant-share during lockdown. It’s still at the top of Station Road and raises funds for the Helpline.
Pinhoe Community Hub was registered as a Charitable Interest Company (CIO) in July 2019. It’s working name, Friends of Pinhoe Library, reflects how the group began following a campaign to secure the longterm future of Pinhoe Library.
TRUSTEES Val Dixon – who some of you may know as one of Pinhoe’s Labour councillors (2004), former Lord Mayor of Exeter and recognised as Honorary Alderman in 2009 – has been longstanding chair of Friends of Pinhoe Library but stepped down last year to focus on her work as Trustee of the Hub. Other Trustees are: Cllr Duncan Wood (Labour, 2016-18, 2018-22, trustee of America Hall and Pinhoe Community Association), Cllr Tracy Adams (retired teacher and member of Pinhoe Pantomime, Labour councillor elected to Devon County 2021), Wendy Bodell (Trustee of Whipton Community Association, editor-publisher of Pinhoe Press and new Chair of Friends of Pinhoe Library), Rachael Hodgson-Magee (schools fundraising specialist and head of client services for management consultancy Halpin Partnership), Lynne Rose (over 30 years experience with Devon Library Services) and Angela Roberts (longstanding Secretary of America Hall for over 40 years).
CHARITABLE INTEREST COMPANY (CIO) A CIO is a charity regulated only by the Charity Commission and not by Companies House. This reduces paperwork (and thus cost-effective) and is generally recognised as being advantageous to trustees with no previous experience of running a business, although trustees have management responsibility and are liable for breaches of trust and any wrong or fraudulent activity following usual charity standards. Hub Business Plan: “The new structure provides an asset lock, a distinct organisational legal identify and limited liability. Although the CIO has a healthy reserves budget, sufficient to see the Community Hub through the crucial first 24 months of operation, the charity will retain reserves sufficient to meet its legal obligations should it need to be wound up.”
PUBLICSURVEYS In 2015, 2500 surveys were delivered within the Pinhoe electoral ward, with 234 responses received (9%): “Feedback indicated that respondents wanted to see an expansion of community facilities. The most frequent requests were for extended and flexible opening hours, a café and a new, purpose-built community building to complement existing provision” There was a further survey in July 2017 receiving 395 respondents (no info on how many delivered so no percentage response available) >
According to the Hub’s business plan, 81% preferred the Station Road Playing Fields site. “192 narrative answers were analysed at a community event, which led to a publicly accessible toilet being incorporated into the plans. The response demonstrated a sustained high level of support for a Community Hub from within the Pinhoe community”
VISION FOR THE BUILDING Drawings are available to view on the Hub noticeboard in Station Road park. Reflecting results from public consultation, the building is proposed to comprise of: • purpose-built library (94 m²) securing the future of Pinhoe Library; • Community Café (83 m²); • multi-use meeting space (83 m²); • 2 self-sufficient business hub and workspaces (27 m² , 22 m² with adjacent room (85 m²); • changing rooms for sports and activities.
Although the business plan proposes the building design will be ‘eco-friendly’ in line with Exeter City Council’s Net Zero Plan, no further detail is currently available. ECC declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and have committed to being a Carbon Neutral city by 2030.
Plans and budgets are not yet updated following the Covid pandemic
BUILDING DEVELOPMENT COSTS The build cost is currently estimated at just under £2m. The Hub plans state: “The community aims to raise £765,000 from a range of funders including public, private and grant making bodies and trusts and through local fundraising. Added to this are potential contributions from property developers through CIL and Section 106 funding. To this end, a comprehensive and detailed Funding Strategy has been developed. A Fundraising Group has been established to raise some local funding, although its primary role is to keep the local community engaged in and informed about the project. It is envisaged that local fundraising events organised by the Fundraising Group will continue following construction and will support revenue costs and local social events operating out of the Hub. The aim is to appoint a professional bid writer to approach larger trusts and grant-making bodies to secure the balance of funding required to construct the Hub”
Following presentation of the Hub’s business plan to the Council meeting in February 2022 , the committee formally accepted the funding request for in excess of £1m.
TIMELINE Although the Hub social media pages proposes construction will take place “2021/22, with an opening date 2022/23”, there’s no current information on the building schedule. The Hub business plan suggests: “Once project funds are secured, the tendering, build and fit out is expected to take 16 months”
IMPORTANTNOTE: Planning permission has been granted but the Hub does not yet appear on the Council’s Infrastructure Funding Statement, suggesting the timeline for development lies beyond the dates promoted. Moreover, the Hub’s business plan will need to be revisited to factor in significant build cost inflation alongside increasing service costs, as it adapts to new requirements for covid precautions and the prolonged energy crisis.