The Forum’s consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan ran from 10 October to 23 November 2012.

Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan – See side panel opposite.

The Report on all responses is attached to the submitted Neighbourhood Plan. Printed copy available for inspection until 8 February at the Civic Centre, Paris Street, or CLICK. 



The neighbourhood development plan has been submitted to Exeter City Council, our local planning
authority, for its 6 week consultation and a decision on the plan’s compliance with national and local planning policies.

An independent examination follows. All being well, the question of whether to agree/disagree to the plan will then be put to a referendum of all voters in St James in Spring 2013.


More about the Plan

St James is a great place to live. It’s close to the city centre, public transport and the University. However, in recent years the balance of age groups has shifted. Overall some 50% of residents are between the ages of 18-24, mostly students living in former family homes converted to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

The vision for St James aims to ensure that we live in a vibrant and balanced neighbourhood; a strong and diverse community with a rich urban character, attractive streets and spaces and thriving natural environment.


The neighbourhood plan should improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of St James.
Policies and projects include:

  • Define a heart for the community of St James – an area around York Road, Longbrook Street and Well Street
  • Build on new planning rules to restrict HMO development and rebalance the community
  • Encourage development which meets the needs of the community – homes for young families and for people wishing to downsize – opportunities for small businesses
  • Manage the impact of traffic and encourage sustainable transport
  • Improve the natural and built environment – promote a local green space for community use at Queen’s Crescent garden – support biodiversity in the Hoopern Valley and across the ward – demand good design and sustainable building for new developments and regeneration – support renewable energy projects
  • Support and maintain community facilities and services



Draft policies, identified through consultation on open day exhibitions and by volunteer task groups, include:

  • Queen’s Crescent garden – to become a community open space
  • Improve cycle and pedestrian paths and links – encourage more people to use their bikes and to walkLocal influence on the design and proposals for developments at Exeter City Football Club and Exeter Cricket Club
  • Work with businesses, landowners and the Councils to bring vitality to small businesses and local traders
  • in Longbrook Street, Well Street and Sidwell Street - improved environment and opportunities for new facilities, shops and cafes
  • Encourage plans for long term viability for St Sidwell’s Community Centre and the Methodist Church on Sidwell Street


The full draft neighbourhood plan includes a Sustainability Appraisal.

This is a review of all proposals and the work undertaken to reach this stage, to ensure they comply with UK
regulations on sustainable development and the EU directive for a Strategic Environmental Assessment.