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A letter to members from the Chair of the Forum

Dear Members,

The Exeter St James Forum has two events in the next few weeks and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at one or both.


First – we have our annual Have Your Say Meeting – your opportunity to question our Local Councillors and representatives from the Police and the University about local issues that concern you or things that you would like to see improved in the neighbourhood or suggestions as to how we can improve the local area.
The Meeting is being held at
St Sidwell’s C of E Primary School, York Road on Wednesday 29th November 2017 from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Please do come and invite your neighbours.

Second – we are holding a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale to raise funds to pay off the costs incurred by the legal challenge to the student accommodation development on Exeter City Football Club / Yeo and Davey site. This is being held at 26 Old Tiverton Road, EX4 6LG on Saturday 9th December 2017 from 10am until 2pmSo if you are passing by please do drop in for tea/coffee and biscuits. If you have the children with you there will be squash for them.There will be no charge for the tea/coffee, but there will be a donations box. 

At the same time there will be a cake stall and raffle. And a cake stall needs cakes of all descriptions! We are looking to our Members to bring a cake home-baked or bought, to fill the table to overflowing! Bring with you to the coffee morning or drop off at 26 Old Tiverton Road from 8am on the day, or contact me on 421420 (leave a message if I’m not in) or email anne.jobson@hotmail.com Cakes will be individually priced and a raffle will be drawn at 2pm .Raffle prizes welcome - please drop off in advance as above. Offers of help on the day would also be welcome - please let me know if you are able to help.

We look forward to seeing you.

Finally, you will probably have seen that work has started on the football stadium and that the land acquired for student flats is now being fenced off. What you may not know is that the original developer sold the development site to a different developer and whilst the football stadium work has to be completed before students can occupy the flats there are two developers now involved. The new developer for the student flats has put in a revised plan, seeking alterations by way of reduction to the area of green space available for the students and by increasing the number of units by 24 requiring a deeper dig.

To find the application documents on the Council’s website  click on 17/1617/VOC You can submit comments via the website or by emailing the case officer, Paul Jeffrey, on paul.jeffrey@exeter.gov.uk. Not only will this represent a further increase in the number of students causing further erosion of community balance, but would mean a loss of green space on the site for the students and seemingly leave 24 students overlooking a space occupied by cycle lockers. There are other proposals to alter the boundary walls adjacent to the rear walls of Old Tiverton Road that could leave a gap with no-one responsible for clearing litter etc and the main accessway for vehicles and pedestrians being Stadium Way.

Time is short for registering any objections or comments concerning the scheme and should be with the City Council by 21st November. All three of our City Councillors would like to hear your views and comments so that they can speak at the meeting of Councillors (delegated briefing) due to take place on that day. That meeting will help determine whether this application should go to the Planning Committee and if so that meeting is likely to be held in January 2018.

With best wishes,

Anne Jobson OBE
Chair
Exeter St James Forum

 

 Successful Sixth Forum AGM 

Acting Chair, Robyn Connett, welcomed Members and Associate Members, including new County Councillor Su Aves, to the meeting held at St Sidwell's CofE Primary Shool on Wednesday 5 July. Robyn spoke briefly to the full and comprehensive report of the Steering Group's activity during the year (click here to read) raising awareness of the wide range of issues that the SG had addressed.

Matters covered included the monitoring and defence of the Neighbourhood Plan, the initiation and support of projects, identified by the community to enhance St James as a great place to live and work, and work in liaison with outside groups or organisations both local and national. The anticipated launch of our next project, Street Tree Planting, to be led by Beth Osment was well received. An update was provided on the Residents' Parking Permit campaign, initiated following October's 'Have Your Say' meeting by member Phil Davies, and discussed on 4 July by DCC's Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC), with the news that both Cllr. Percy Prowse and Cllr. Su Aves would be forming a working group with Traffic Management Team Manager, Chris Rook, to resolve the issues and report back to the next HATOC meeting. A vote of thanks was given to Jill Owen who had worked very hard for the community over her 4 years as our County Councillor before retiring in May, and had given much appreciated excellent advice and support to the SG including the Forum's projects.

A new Constitution that importantly had been drafted in consultation with our residents' associations was adopted and will provide an effective framework for the next phase of the Forum’s life (click here to view). 

It was with great pleasure that a nomination for Chairman, the first in two years, had been received and Anne Jobson was duly elected for the coming year. Robyn announced her retirement as Membership Officer and was warmly thanked for her unstinting work for the Forum and particularly for her management of the SG during the last two years. The following people were elected:

SG Officers:
Anne Jobson: Chairman
Annette Plaut: Treasurer
Dave Treharne: Minute Secretary

SG Members:
Susie Bower
Robyn Connett
Gaynor Carr
Paul Layton
Dan Maxwell

Draft minutes of the AGM are available here.

The AGM followed a presentation 'Looking to the Future - St James as Part of the City of Exeter' by Frazer Osment, Director of LDA-Design and landscape architect specialising in urban regeneration, and importantly for the Forum, a member, resident in St James, who has acted as adviser to the Steering Group since the concept of a neighbourhood plan for St James emerged in 2011.

Frazer explained his vision for the City that would see the needs of individual communities given much more prominence for the well-being of the whole. He referred to the historical settlement arrangement of self-sufficient villages around the City advocating an approach that returns to the idea of identifiable sustainable 'villages', such as St James, each with their own identity and unique character but inter-connected with the City Centre and each other.

           click here for the background to this appeal

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Exeter St James Forum website where we bring you news, features, information and announcements about a Neighbourhood Plan to enhance the area in which we live.

The Government has introduced new planning policies which have given more power to local people. The Localism Act was given Royal Assent in November 2011 and communities are being encouraged to prepare neighbourhood plans to influence what happens in their area.

A group of residents’ associations and individuals, representing most parts of St James, joined forces as the Exeter St James Forum with the aim of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the ward. Following a two year process the Plan received a 'Big Yes Vote' in a referendum on, 2 May 2013. The now fully adopted plan sets out a vision for St James and our priorities for the future. Exeter City Council and Devon County Council will take the plan into account when making planning and development decisions. The plan should also help the community to secure funding for projects to improve the area. Find out more.

 The three key priorities are...  

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the St James’ Forum on 14th June 2014 

 

EXETER St JAMES NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Following on from a Big Yes vote for Exeter St James Neighbourhood Plan on 2nd May 2013, the Plan was officially adopted by Exeter City Council on 16 July 2013. Find out more in Newsletter 18

The Plan now forms part of Exeter’s statutory development plans and the policies it contains will be used to help determine planning applications.

Congratulations from Nick Boles MP & Right Hon Don Foster MP CLICK

See the Neighbourhood Plan Main Document   CLICK