Traffic Policies for Pinhoe

Pinhoe is the connecting point for traffic travelling from Exeter to East Devon, to Broadclyst but also to Cullompton, as well as connecting towns and villages across Mid Devon to the M5 motorway. Commuter traffic cuts directly through the village centre. Despite being within the electoral boundary, Monkerton is not included in current highways strategy planning for Pinhoe

The Highways plan developed by Devon County Council was published as the Pinhoe Area Access Strategy (PAAS) in 2013, and updated with an Addendum in 2019

DCC: “The strategy was created to support the Exeter and East Devon Local Plans and ensure that planned development in the Pinhoe area would be supported with appropriate and effective transport infrastructure measures.

“Since the PAAS was written, a number of the planned developments have come forward and much of the identified transport infrastructure delivered. There has also been additional development beyond that initially planned for and the designation of a Village Green on part of Eastern Fields prevents the Exhibition Way Link Road, one of the key mitigation measures.(see further info below)

PINHOE AREA ACCESS STRATEGY (PAAS) (available as a complete document here)
estimates 100 vehicles per hour using Harrington Lane at peak times, and queuing traffic of up to 50 vehicles at the double roundabouts during peak times

PAAS ADDENDUM (available as a complete document here)
“The purpose of this addendum is to refresh the strategy to reflect current priorities and to identify additional transport measures that are required to continue to support sustainable development in the Pinhoe area.” Prepared by Liz Holloway, Senior Transport Planning Officer at Devon County Council, in 2019

EXETER TRANSPORT STRATEGY PDF available here (17 pages)
Published by Devon County Council in November 2020, elements of PAAS have been superseded in the Exeter Transport Strategy, notably the designation of Langaton Lane as a GREEN LANE.

“The County Council has made good progress in delivering this strategy, with approximately £100 million of new transport infrastructure for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point area since 2011. This has included motorway junction improvements, strategic cycling infrastructure, new bus services and new rail stations.”

In 2016, the Planning Inspectorate recognised a section of Eastern Fields as a ‘Village Green’ under the Commons Act of 2006, following a long campaign by local residents. (Appeal decision document available here). This meant that the planned route to mitigate traffic along Harrington Way, the new Exhibition Way road, could not be built.

Following a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) by Pinhoe Forum in 2020, Devon County Council released the following map showing Pinhoe Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) Flows:

By August 2021 over 1200 vehicles per hour travelled through the double roundabouts during rush hour 5-6pm
In July 2022, volunteers monitored 1344 travelling across the double roundabouts with a further 706 vehicles using Church Hill.

If you’d like to monitor traffic in a specific area, please get in touch for clickers and monitoring forms

Local Masterplans

A ‘master plan’ is a long-term planning document that provides a detailed framework to guide future growth and development in a specific location. It takes an overview of a defined area and sets out general principles for how that area will be developed, including the range of building uses, densities and heights that are acceptable.

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.

Available online here:

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”.

Downloadable pdf (92 pages)


We’re updating information about community organisations in Pinhoe. If you have any info about a group that isn’t featured, please send to:

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 Church Committee
Trustee: Ruth Smith, retired City Councillor and Deputy Mayor (Conservative Party)

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

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)

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.