Agenda and minutes

Exeter Strategic Board - Thursday 14th November 2019 5.30 pm

Venue: Rennes Room, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter

Contact: Howard Bassett, Democratic Services Officer (Committees)  01392 265107 or email

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These were received from Councillors Asvachin, Atkinson, Hannaford, Sheldon and Sutton.





Minutes of the Meeting held on 19 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 47 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 September 2019 be taken as read, approved and signed by the Chair as correct.




Councillor John Hart, Leader, Devon County Council


The Chair welcomed Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, who spoke on future County Council plans and current pressures being faced.


He highlighted the education, adult and children services budgets and particularly the current overspend in the SENDS (Special Education Needs and Disability) budget within education supporting children with additional needs, although an overall balanced year end budget was anticipated. With the impending General Election, it was likely that the Government settlement would not be known until early January, although it was understood that an increase in social care and education provision could be anticipated which would reflect the final Council Tax decision. He referred to figures within the respective budgets and to national formulae.


General discussion followed as indicated:-




·         County Councillor McIness chaired the national “F40” group representing the 40 lowest funded schools nationally outside the London Boroughs who were pressing for a review of the national funding formula;

·         funding of new schools would be through Section 106 and CIL agreements as part of housing developments, a new secondary school in association with housing in south west Exeter to be located within the Teignbridge District;

·         education planning was demand led with the County budget greatly affected by special needs provision/education health and care planning which added to school management pressures; and

·         piecemeal housing developments, for example in Monkerton and Pinhoe, as well the adjacent East Devon District developments, predicated against co-ordinated education provision, for example, the recent planning process for the school at Hollow Lane serving the Monkerton urban extension.


Social Care


·         important to develop the City and County Council relationship on health and wellbeing to build community resilience including the Sport England Exeter/Cranbrook initiative and to dovetail with the NHS ten year plan; and

·         importance of the primary care network to ensure success of integrated care.




·         further housing developments have an impact on health and social care issues;

·         at a recent Greater Exeter Strategic Partnership (GESP) Leadership Group a revised timetable was agreed for its delivery on the basis of the strategic allocation of 500+ homes plus strategic employment sites; and

·         Exeter’s future housing provision is based on the Liveable Exeter Garden City vision with at least eight key sites identified over 20 years with a £750,000 start-up fund from Homes England, the Exeter City Living project, the Council house build programme and social housing provision e.g. Live West proposals.




·         since 2009, the County Council had invested £1.2 billion in the County’s infrastructure including cycle ways, two new rail stations in Exeter with a commitment to bring forward Park and Ride sites in the Science Park and Tuckers Garage areas;

·         both Alphington and Pinhoe suffer from bottlenecks at peak periods and a Park and Ride solution for Alphington at the Ide roundabout had been rejected;

·         senior bus travel and rural bus subsidies of great value when 20% of Devon population have no other form of transport, but subsidising the Exeter based bus provider is not possible; and

·         structural change only solution to assist  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.


Dates of Future Meetings and potential agenda items

Thursday 18 June 2020

Thursday 17 September 2020

Thursday 12 November 2020

Thursday 28 January 2021

Thursday 17 June 2021

Thursday 9 September 2021



The following dates of future Board meetings were noted, all commencing at 5.30pm in the Civic Centre, the Chair encouraging Members to suggest topics for discussion, one potential item for the next meeting being the 2020/21 budget.


Thursday 30 January 2020

Thursday 18 June 2020

Thursday 17 September 2020