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The realisation of the community’s dream, drawn up in consultation with LDA Design in 2014, for the regeneration of the Queen’s Crescent Garden comes ever closer with the submission of the recent planning application.

These notices have now been posted in the vicinity of the Garden and in the local press.We are grateful to LDA for acting as the Trust's agent and for their support in preparing the current application.


The Design and Access Statement included in the application documents explains the community's vision for the interior:

A core objective of the design is to increase use of the Garden and encourage access. A highly enclosed space was judged to have potential to attract anti-social use and not encourage people to enter it. To this end three welcoming access points have been created off Longbrook Street, York Road and Queens Crescent. These are designed in generous sweeping curves which actively direct pedestrian desire lines into the green space. High levels of pedestrian activity created by the desire lines will discourage some of the anti-social use which has at times blighted the Garden, making it welcoming and inclusive to all.

From each of the entrances broad paths sweep through the garden converging on a central events space.

Those who took part in the master-planning exercises in 2014 may notice some minor changes to the original concept design. For example, the position of the pathway from the new entrance in York Road has been adjusted and a section of generous steps introduced which will have locally-fabricated stylish hand rails and railings. These tweaks have been unavoidable as a result of constraints revealed by detailed surveys undertaken last year:

The original plan was to have a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant ramp from the garden to the York Road entrance. However for technical reasons this has not been possible:
• The ramp with compliant gradients and landings would extend substantially into the Garden and would dissect the space into two.
• The ramp structure would require land raising and foundation structures that would require the removal of a yew tree identified for retention in the arboriculture report carried out by the Trust’s consultant.
• A culvert and foul drain which runs through the garden places a restriction on the structures that can be built in the Garden precluding a large ramp structure.
The York Road entrance is therefore designed as a generous stairway with railings and hand rails as detailed.

Once again it will be important to demonstrate that the project has the backing of the local community, so we urge all Trust and Forum members to support the application by responding to the current consultation by the deadline of 8 August. Please look at the documents for the application ref 19/0703/FUL (click hereand submit your comments either online or by emailing the Case Officer, Laura Dymond, at: laura.dymond@exeter.gov.uk. Remember to quote the application number and make clear from the outset that you support the application.

Don't be daunted. A sentence or two confirming your wish to see the regeneration go ahead as planned is all that is required to make your view count but, of course, if you wish please feel free to make more detailed comments.





A heartfelt thank you to all who popped along to support the pop-up plant sale held in Queen's Crescent Garden on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July. 

We are grateful to all who helped make it such a successful event, particularly those who donated plants and those who turned up to buy them! Your efforts raised much needed funds for both Forum and Trust. Thank you.

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Getting ready for the sale before the bargain hunters arrive. 


Queen's Crescent Garden - Latest

First the Good News!

Ramping up for the final phase of Boundary Restoration

New entrance pic

The second new entrance. A third and final entrance, this time from York Road, soon to be completed.

The pillars pictured here to be capped in local style at a later stage.

Completion of the Boundary - Now out to tender!

As soon as a builder is appointed work will commence on the completion of the perimeter walls and creation of the final new entrance into the garden.

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Yet more progress

  • detailed plans for the internal layout have been prepared
  • developed from the community's own masterplan
  • submitted to Exeter City Council - decision awaited


Now some disappointing news

Rise & Shine event pic.Remember the great time enjoyed at previous  events in Queen's Crescent Garden?  Unfortunately the event planned for this summer on Saturday 6 July has had to be cancelled owing to a clash of dates with Exeter Festival.The considerable effort required of volunteers could not be justified when attractions elsewhere would inevitably draw the crowds. Sadly an alternative date has not proved possible.

Apologies to all who were looking forward to the event and especially those green-fingered amongst you who have been tending to plants to donate.

However depending on volunteer support it may be possible to organise occasional pop-up plant sales and such like at the entrance to the garden. If you have plants or are willing to help contact us at info@exeterstjamesforum.org

An announcement of a date for the next community event will need to wait until the timing of the regeneration work becomes clear but when it happens we'll make sure it's a good one!

We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in getting involved with future events.


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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.

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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

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