Exeter Football Club Development
Does this improve the balance in the community?
Exeter Football Club Development – Architect's drawing for student blocks along railway corridor.
Let Exeter City Council know what you think now
The Council's consultation on the St James Park Development application for 327 student units to fund a new stand at the Football Club is underway. Now is the time to speak up for St James and our adopted Neighbourhood Plan. Comments should be submitted by 17 December but will be accepted into early January.
The Neighbourhood Plan, to which the Football Club did not object, aims to improve the balance of the community. There is a demand for all types of housing in St James. To add 327 students to an area in which students already make up some 55% of residents does not comply with the Plan.
What about the policy for positive, attractive and well-designed frontages of an appropriate scale? Take another look at the four blocks to be built along the railway corridor. The whole student development comprises six multi-storey blocks and one smaller one. They will be similar in design to the student accommodation being built on the site of the Cricket Club's old pavillion, only there will be twice as many students.
There's nothing in this application to benefit the permanent community of St James. If the future of the Football Club is vital to the city of Exeter, the burden of finding a way to pay for the new stand should be spread across the city and not to the detriment of St James.
To see more of these plans and to comment on the application click here to visit the council's website and enter the application no. 15/1283/03. You can post comments online or email the Case Officer Paul Jeffrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or write to Exeter City Council Planning Services, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1NN