We are delighted to introduce Simon Bates from the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point.
In this latest podcast I had the privilege of speaking with Simon Bates who is the Green Infrastructure Manager for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point. The Exeter and East Devon Growth Point has been established with the mission and vision to realise the full economic potential of the Exeter and East Devon area. Simon’s role as part of the delivery team is testament to the fact that green infrastructure and nature based solutions are becoming integral to the way in which local authorities perceive the future growth, health, resilience and prosperity of future and existing communities. The sheer volume of development across Devon and the emerging urban extensions such as Cranbrook (a designated NHS Healthy New Town) means that Exeter and its environs are under extreme pressure to deliver homes and infrastructure in the most sympathetic and sustainable manner possible.
Simon provides a fascinating perspective relating to green infrastructure and the planning process, the challenges of engaging developers and house builders, and working with communities to achieve the best outcomes. Whether delivering residential schemes or working with Highways teams to encourage modal shift, Simon’s role is wide ranging. His success across the Exeter and East Devon area indicates that there is an increasing need to have a green infrastructure advocate working across the public and private sectors to provide a strategic vision for the future of green infrastructure across local authority boundaries.