South West Exeter is a new development on the edge of Exeter. It is expected to deliver 2,500 new homes and also includes 21.5 hectares of land for new employment. The development borders Alphington to the north and to the south extends to the area around the Devon Hotel. The majority of the development is within the Exminster Parish boundary. The employment site is located further to the south west, at Peamore.
The size of the development as well as its location means that it needs a large amount of infrastructure to support it. To help deliver the infrastructure early and unlock sites, Devon County Council submitted a bid for £55.1 million of funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund which is administered by Homes England, a government agency. In February 2019 it was announced that this funding bid was successful. Devon County Council has now entered into contract with Homes England for funding, allowing it to further progress the design and delivery of the infrastructure.
The bid included infrastructure such as new roads and junctions, upgrades to roads, a pedestrian/cycle bridge, a community building and a new public park. Devon County Council is coordinating the delivery of this infrastructure in order to minimise disruption and bring forward the housing. Prioritisation has initially been given to the infrastructure that is needed early in the development as well as infrastructure which has a long delivery timeframe. Work is progressing with design and contracts, working towards delivery of the infrastructure.