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Heavitree and Whipton (Exeter) local streets

One of the aims in Devon County Council’s Exeter Transport Strategy is for 50% of all Exeter journeys to work and education to be made by foot or bicycle by 2030. Similar aims are shared in Exeter City Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 plan and Local Delivery Pilot programme which aims to make Exeter the most active city in England.

To help achieve these objectives, we have been engaging with the Whipton and Heavitree community to make the neighbourhood greener, healthier and more attractive.

Phase 1 Consultation: November-December 2020

Our first consultation was held in November/ December 2020. 577 people participated in the consultation, with key issues raised including high traffic volumes and/or speeds on Ladysmith Road, Hamlin Lane, Sweetbrier Lane and Thornpark Rise. The findings are summarised in the summary document.

Phase 2 Consultation: September – October 2021

As a result of the Phase 1 Consultation, we have prepared a number of options to address concerns raised. These involve the use of temporary modal filters, which allow the passage of pedestrians, cyclists and buses (where necessary), but prohibit the passage of other vehicular traffic. The options are designed to reduce the volumes of through traffic using residential roads to travel between the boundary roads (Pinhoe Road, Hill Barton Road, Heavitree Road and Polsloe Road) through Heavitree and Whipton, whilst ensuring all properties remain accessible by motor vehicle, by cycle and on foot.

Option 1 restricts through routes for north-south vehicular traffic:

1. Map of Option 1, showing modal filters on Ladysmith Road, St Marks Avenue, Hamlin Lane, Whipton Lane and Thornpark Rise

Option 2 also restricts through routes for north-south traffic, but uses a different arrangement of modal filters:

2. Map of Option 2, showing modal filters on Ladysmith Road, St Marks Avenue, Hamlin Lane and Whipton Lane (2 filters)

Option 3 restricts through routes for east-west vehicular traffic:

3. Map of Option 3, showing modal filters on Hanover Road, Hamlin Lane, Sweetbrier Lane and Thornpark Rise

Option 4 restricts through routes for both north-south and east-west vehicular traffic:

4. Map of Option 4, showing modal filters on Ladysmith Road, St Marks Avenue, Hamlin Lane, Whipton Lane (2 filters), Sweetbrier Lane, Vaughan Road and Thornpark Rise

We would like to receive feedback on those options, which could then be trialled during Autumn/Winter 2021/2022.

We are also consulting on a number of highway changes for Sweetbrier Lane, the roundabout at Sweetbrier Lane and Whipton Lane and a pedestrian and cycle crossing across Whipton Lane, near Vaughan Road.

To help us improve electric vehicle charging facilities in the area, we are also inviting suggestions for where such facilities are most needed.

Full details of the proposals are available on the consultation webpages, hosted on the PlaceBuilder platform.

Consultation event

If you wish to speak to members of the project team, we are holding an online consultation webinar on Thursday 16 September from 5:30-7pm.

The webinar will include a short presentation of the proposals, followed by a question and answer session.

To register for this webinar, please email so that we can send you through a link to join the webinar.

The Webinar will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.

Have your say

Please tell us your views by completing the online survey.

The consultation will be live from 7 September until 7 October 2021.

Please note that the consultation will close on Thursday 7 October.

The best way to take part in the consultation is via the website on your computer, smartphone or other digital device, but we can make paper copies available to those who don’t have access to the internet.

If you wish to order a paper copy, please contact us at the following address:

Transport Planning, Matford Offices, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD

You can also contact us by calling 0345 155 1015 or emailing

We look forward to hearing your views, to help us decide how to make Heavitree and Whipton greener, healthier and more attractive.

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