Last updated: 18th December 2013



Residents and interested parties have been invited to a consultation regarding proposals for student accommodation and a new cricket pavilion at Exeter Cricket Club, Prince of Wales Road. The consultation will be held in the Flybe Suite at Exeter Football Club at the following times: 3pm – 7pm Friday 13th December and 10 – 12 pm Saturday 14th December

The developers Yelverton Ltd have shown their pre-application proposals to the Forum’s Design Panel, the group tasked with the responsibility for ensuring that major new developments comply with the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.

If you are interested in joining the Forum’s Design Panel, we would like to recruit more members. The Panel members meet to discuss and give comments and advice to our Steering Group on proposals for major or highly sensitive developments in St James and on strategic planning. Experience in planning-related matters would be helpful. Paul Layton, a Design Panel member, is happy to talk if you would like to find out more



 Despite a shortfall of £1,500 in fundraising, the Queen’s Crescent Garden Project Team have proceeded with sending out a brief to 7 consultant landscape architects to invite them to prepare design proposals and a business plan for the Garden.

The ideas put forward during the consultations held to create our Neighbourhood Plan are incorporated in that brief. The organisation we wish to work with will be chosen by 21st November and soon after that there will be an initial briefing with the consultants and key stakeholders. The community consultation will begin after Christmas.

If anyone can help with ideas to plug the funding gap please contact us on

We are pleased to hear that funding has been awarded to improve the garden and the facilities at the Centre.


The History Walks and Heritage Trail group are now working together to submit a joint bid for funding.

The Forum is keen to encourage St James residents to consider applying to join the Royal Horticultural Society’s Its Your Neighbourhood Scheme which has been created to clean and green community spaces see
and contact if you would like to join other areas in the ward (Bury Meadow Park, The Orchard in Devonshire Place, The St James station allotments and Queen’s Crescent Garden) who are taking part in the scheme.


The Design Panel has set out draft Terms of Reference and has been commenting on the Cricket Club proposals (see headline section).

The Transport Panel have met and agreed Terms of Reference. They will look at all elements of transport – walking, cycling, disabled travel, cars, buses, HGVs, public transport bus and rail and parking. The Forum Steering Group has asked them to look at cycling – especially without lights or bells and on the pavements.

The University Panel has arranged for the Forum to have a stall at the Guild of Students’ Housing Road Show on 14th January, which will be an opportunity for us to meet student potential residents, estate agents and landlords in St James. The Forum supports the University and Guild of Students ambition to set up a landlord register.

If you are a business in St James please note that we have set up a Business Group and we would hope to be in touch with you soon.




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