Watch this space - Devon Life Business and Professional looks at development for Exeter
PUBLISHED: 13:46 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:12 20 February 2013
Infrastructure project is set to bring new jobs and <br/>homes to Exeter and East Devon
Infrastructure project is set to bring new jobs andhomes to Exeter and East Devon
If you have taken a trip on the M5 in the last year you will have noticed a striking bridge at Exeter, creating a symbolic new gateway to the city. The installation of the bridge not only creates a new landmark, but also marks a significant step in a unique public-private sector partnership, the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point. It is the biggest infrastructure-lead project in the country and is set to bring thousands of new homes, businesses and jobs into the county over the next two decades.Exeter and East Devon was recognised by the Government in 2006 as a growth point. Situated at the edge of a science and knowledge-based city, with a top ten ranked University and aninternational airport, and has attracted 90million for vital infrastructure projects, and has the potential to deliver more than 15,000 homes and 26,000 jobs. Highlights include:
Exeter Science Park: A world-class centre for knowledge-based businesses will emerge over the next 20 years, capitalising on links with Exeter University and the Met Office.
Skypark: A 1.4 million sq ft business park comprising office and industrial/ manufacturing space set to deliver 7,500 jobs over the next 20 years.
Homes: A new community at Cranbrook, the first phase of which includes a new railway station, school and 2,900 homes plus an additional 6,000 houses at Monkerton and Newcourt.
Transport: Improvements to the M5 and A30, dedicated access to Exeter Science Park, a bypass for Clyst Honiton, additional park and ride facilities, the Redhayes cycle and pedestrian bridge over the M5 and other public transport improvements.
Flybe Training Academy: A state of the art multi-million pound training academy opened last year to help address the crucial need for skills development in the South West.
Freight facility: A freight terminal project to provide a rail-road interchange for bulk transport of containers. It has scope for integrated rail, road, and air transport, and the potential to create up to 700 new jobs.