New regeneration vision for Haven Banks retail park presented for public consultation

Exeter is set to have a vibrant new neighbourhood with new homes, retail and leisure facilities and new green space as part of regeneration proposals for Haven Banks retail park.

Experienced developer Coplan Estates and joint venture partner Welbeck CP have launched a public consultation to invite feedback on their plans for the regeneration of Haven Banks retail park at Water Lane and Haven Road, south of Exeter city centre.

With Matalan and the Range having closed their stores and relocated to other premises in the city, the retail park is now predominantly redundant.  The proposals would reinvigorate the site and deliver a buzzing new neighbourhood with approximately 440 high-quality homes (split between build-to-rent and co-living) and new retail space which could comprise cafés, restaurants and local shops, creating significant benefits for the local community.

The redevelopment will be sustainable with energy-efficient buildings and renewable energy sources with the masterplan designed to encourage sustainable forms of transport.

The public consultation runs from Thursday 12 May to Thursday 26 May 2022.  As part of the consultation, Coplan Estates and Welbeck CP are holding two drop-in events for the local community on 13 and 14 May at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre.

Colin McQueston, Head of Development at Coplan Estates, said: “Our proposals aim to define a new future for the Haven Banks retail park site so that it can contribute positively to the local area.  As things stand the site is no longer viable as a retail park so we’re extremely excited about re-energising it and delivering a vibrant new neighbourhood with much-needed housing and a range of new facilities and spaces for the public to enjoy.  We’re putting our proposals on display to share our vision and to invite views from the community – we’d encourage anyone interested in the proposals to come along to our drop-in events and submit feedback to the consultation.”

To find out more about the proposals and to submit feedback, visit our website

The consultation team can also be contacted via email ( and phone (020 7323 3544 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday).

Public drop-in events

We’re holding two events for the local community to find out more about the proposals and ask any questions to the team.

Where: Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Haven Road, EX2 8DP


  1. Friday 13 May; 12pm-5pm
  2. Saturday 14 May; 10am-3pm

People can drop-in at any point during the events.

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