9 November 2023 - Exeter’s Underground Passages
To celebrate World Town Planning Day, the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Young Planners went on a guided tour of Exeter’s Underground Passages followed by food and networking in Exeter.
The Underground Passages were used to transport clean water into the city via lead pipes with Exeter being the only city in the UK to have this type of underground passages open to the public. The passages are between four and five metres below Princesshay and the High Street with ‘The Low Passage’ being a particular highlight as it is only 1m in height in places requiring you to crawl through it!
Thank you for all those attended, especially Exeter Underground Passages for hosting us and look out for more events in due course.
Sept 2023 - Active Travel Away Day
"In September 2023 we organised an Active Travel Away Day on the Exe Estuary Trail in Devon for over 20 local Young Planners. The event Starting off right with a group bike hire from Saddles & Paddles Exeter Ltd, they then cycled along the Exe Estuary Trail to Lympstone, taking the opportunity to network and get to know each other on the way.
Active Travel England's Laurence Fallon then spoke on their role as a statutory consultee and their purpose in catalysing a culture shift in the way we view movement and assess transport impacts in planning.
After a pit stop for lunch at the Puffing Billy in Exton, we cycled on to the Double Locks, where Josh Manning and Chelsea Randall from Devon County Council led an insightful interactive workshop introducing attendees to the process of producing an LCWIP and the common challenges and difficulties of it.
By the time we'd got back to Saddles and Paddles, I think it would be safe to say we were all better connected, more knowledgeable on active travel, and much, much sweatier!
The event was gratefully sponsored by Stantec. At Stantec we are driven to achieve better places in the communities we design and affect - promoting Active Travel and identifying viable opportunities for it to add value to our projects and their communities is something we take pride in, so it was great to spend a day experiencing the benefits of it".~
Elliot Dommett, Stantec and member of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Young Planners Steering Group.
In September 2022 Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Young Planners held a CPD event in Exeter to discuss the delivery of housing and explore some of the biggest barriers to delivery and what we can do as Planners to better plan for delivery, and bring these figures closer together.
- Andy West, Verto Homes
- Ian Collinson, Director of City Development at Exeter City Council
- Alan Swan, Stantec
- Paul Osborne – Urban Design Director at LHC Architects
29 January 2024 - Planning Appeals Webinar, details TBC