Futures Forum: Giving proposals for an Exeter shopping centre 'a greater local touch' 'puts a damper on those retail ventures willing to open up in secondary, nearby areas such as Cranbrook'
Because Cranbrook is struggling to establish its own town centre:
Futures Forum: An ever-expanding Cranbrook: "There are significant issues to resolve around how services and facilities are to be provided in the town in the future and how these are to be paid for."
Futures Forum: Thousands of new housing at Cranbrook - and still the District Council says "it is a it is a difficult and uncertain time to be planning a new town centre"
But all of this development would impact on Exeter too - noticeably on its air quality:
Futures Forum: Air pollution and over-development: Exeter and East Devon "recording high readings" of nitrogen dioxide emissions
Futures Forum: Improving Exeter's air quality and public transport through congestion-charging
Certain things are happening:
Futures Forum: Co-cars - the hire by the hour car club for Exeter and the South West > a not for profit co-operative social enterprise
Futures Forum: Ride-sharing with BlaBlaCar
Futures Forum: Exeter is the UK's first city to launch an electric bike-sharing scheme
People want something to be done, as reported on Radio Exe:
Public says cut Exeter car journeysPublic says cut Exeter car journeys - Radio Exe
This issue is conflating with the push to build further retail on Exeter's outskirts, however:
Police HQ shops could be turned downPolice HQ shops could be turned down - Radio Exe
Indeed, officers have called for these plans to be rejected as it will result in a severe impact on the local highway network in terms of its capacity and safety:
Exeter retail park recommend for refusalExeter retail park recommend for refusal - Radio Exe