exeter gateway distribution facility - Exeter and East Devon Growth Point

Exeter Gateway Distribution Facility



The vision for this project is to provide a substantial regional distribution facility, with direct connectivity to the A30 and M5.

The distribution centre will be powered by sustainable energy, benefitting from a private line to the low carbon energy centre.

The Exeter Gateway site benefits from major improvements to Junction 29 of the M5 and the construction of the Clyst Honiton bypass. The Clyst Honiton bypass provides access to and from the site without using local roads. As well as providing easy access to Exeter Airport, these road improvements have opened up a corridor linking Science Park, Skypark and Cranbrook as a prime opportunity for economic growth.


  • The Distribution Centre is to be located on land at Hayes Farm, Clyst Honiton
  • It is close to junction 29 of the M5
  • Near Exeter International Airport

Size of Site (in ha):

  • 65 Hectares

Phase One: 

  • 65,757 Sq meters
  • Within the first phase, a distribution warehouse has been proposed and a planning application has been approved for the Lidl Logistics Centre.
  • August 2016 - work commenced on-site 

 Predicted investment value:           

  • £45-50 million

Job creation:        

  • Potential to create around 500 jobs

Phase Two: 

  • 1.2m  Sq meters

 Job creation:           

  • 2000 distribution and managerial type jobs in total

 Current land owners:

  • The Church Commissioners for England











In July 2000 the Church Commissioners for England submitted an outline planning application to East Devon District Council "Exeter Gateway, a freight distribution centre".

The Exeter Gateway was granted outline planning permission on 21 December 2007. 

In September 2011 an amended application (Application No: 10/2184/MOUT) was approved by East Devon District Council Council members. The amended application enabled the first phase of the development to begin.

In July 2016, an application was approved for the erection of a distribution warehouse (use class B8) with ancillary offices, access, gatehouse, spirinkler tanks, plantroom, haulier cabins, HGV and car parking provision, earthworks, landscaping and associated infrastructure works (pursuant to application 10/2184/MOUT).

Click here to view the application

(Application no: 16/0693/MRES) 

Latest News (updated 14 July 2016)

East Devon Leader describes green light for Lidl as an enormous boost for growth and confidence

Lidl have acquired the site in East Devon, and are bringing forward plans for a new regional distribution centre.

This facility offers the potential to create around 500 new jobs.


site of new Lidl distribution centre

 Site of Lidl Distribution Centre August 2016. (c) Still Imaging.

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