Location is key when looking to settle or move to an area. We spend a large majority of time in our immediate surroundings, whether that is commuting, socialising, exercising or spending time around the home, which makes it vital to ‘love where you live’.
Factors which improve the liveability of an area vary from one person to the next, thus making the diversity of the population an important factor and providing varied amenities for all.
The concept of placemaking has been apparent since the 1960s when authors and architects started integrating community spaces with housing, even though the phrase itself was borne of much recent years.
Focusing on community-centred change, moulds the places where we live into neighbourhoods which people become attached to and invested in. Social change doesn’t happen by accident – it happens over time and with great intentionality and design. For example, if the infrastructure and framework isn’t there to deliver the right community projects and housing developments, then they are significantly less likely to get off the ground.
In particular, having this infrastructure in place prior to planning development will encourage organic placemaking – individuals coming together in their communities and ‘owning’ them. Exeter is a great example of this placemaking approach.
With housing at the core of an effective placemaking strategy, Exeter has been both innovative and strategic – ensuring that housing needs are met not only in a practical way, but also in a creative, ethical and desirable way. Trends are changing as people who are looking to relocate or settle are searching for homes which provide both a desirable location and also which realise the aesthetic and environmental potential that modern properties should.
Like many other industries the housing industry globally is following suit in developing houses with eco-friendly benefits, adding to the aspects desired when hunting for an area to choose to live.
Although Exeter is vast – offering all that modern city living has to give – it is steeped in history and culture, with its famous 900-year-old cathedral, a University established in 1838 and a wide array of places to dine. Even in these strange times, its community spirit hasn’t become diluted and its infrastructure, though challenged at present, looks in a position of strength to pull through the current COVID-19 crisis and still be every bit as attractive as ever in the future.
Exeter City Living (ECL) are a profit-for-purpose limited company. We are an innovative and sustainable housing developer who seek to play a key role in creating communities and delivering environmental property developments long into the future.