This resource is being produced with local residents to provide information and insight into local planning and policy decisions, alongside inspiration from research and collaborative projects.
Image: thanks to the Art + Energy Collective and Significant Seams for the fabric banner, commissioned by Pinhoe Village as part of their parish mapping activities and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund with IKEA as part of #placescalledhome, 2022
Grid reference: SX964944, 50°44’26“N, 3°28’10“W
INTRODUCTION Pinhoe is a suburb of Exeter in Devon, on the north eastern edge of the city; the small village parish joined the city of Exeter in 1966.
Over the last 10 years, Pinhoe has been transformed by a series of housing developments. New residents have lifted the economic profile of the village and increased the local population by a remarkable 50%
The 1901 census reported Pinhoe’s population at 952 which increased to 6108 a hundred years later in 2001. Ten years later the population increased to 6454 (2011 Census). Since then, Pinhoe’s population has increased by 50% to over 9000 residents (Pinhoe Community Hub report, 2022) and is still growing, with a continuing schedule of housing development.
CITY OF EXETER As the county city of Devon, Exeter’s population increased by 11.1% from 2011 to 2021 – higher than the 6.6% average population growth for England and higher than the general increase in population across the South West (7.8%). With a population of approx 131, 099 in 2022, this 1.32% annual growth rate is larger than London. Demographics: The latest census report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) notes an increase of 19.3% in people aged 65 years and over (in line with the national average), an increase of 11.1% in people aged 15-64 years (above the national average) and an increase of 3.3% in children aged under 15 years (below the 5% increase generally in England).
EXETER CITY COUNCIL: PINHOEWARD BOUNDARY Further information here
DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL: PINHOE AND MINCINGLAKE BOUNDARY Further information here
GREATER EXETER AREA East Devon connects along Pinhoe’s electoral boundary as part of the Greater Exeter growth point area. It saw a population increase of around 13.8% – the second largest population increase in the South West.
ELECTORAL BOUNDARY PROPOSALS As part of consultations for the 2023 Boundary Review, Exeter City Council proposed that Pinhoe should form part of a new constituency outside the city area, joining East Devon along with St Loyes and Topsham >
This proposal is due to be reviewed by the Boundary Commission in 2023
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: here’s the pre-1850 parish boundary (link with thanks here) This map shows Pinhoe parish extends to Rixlade at the top of the hill, with Goffin’s farm, including the source of Pin Brook which tracks across the village, through Monkerton and towards Mosshayne where it joins the River Clyst. This boundary of Pinhoe also reaches down the hill towards Poltimore, including Dandy Lane at the top of Cheynegate Lane, and from Park Lane to Ash Copse towards the Saxon Brook development in what’s now West Clyst in East Devon.
Notably, Whipton and Hill Barton form a separate parish which includes Heavitree and Polsloe.