Last updated: 8th January 2012


A happy New Year and best wishes for 2012 to all

In the Forum, we are looking forward to a successful outcome for the St James Neighbourhood Plan later this year. By the end of 2011, volunteer members and associates had made good progress with the programme of work.

November’s Big Neighbourhood Drop-In at St Sidwell’s School was great fun, with university students and members of task groups using the opportunity to get to know each other and to exchange information and ideas. Thanks to all who took part and gave us their comments.

The task groups, responsible for gathering information for the evidence base for the draft plan, will be finishing their work this month. Their conclusions and recommendations will be sent to a new working group, to be set up to supervise and assist in drafting the plan.

If you are interested in joining the drafting working group, contact us at, marked for attention of Jo Hawkins.

Members and associate members will be asked for comments on the draft before a revised version goes out to wider consultation with all residents this summer.

There is no guidance as yet from the Department of Communities & Local Government on the examination of the draft by an inspector and the referendum to follow. We’ll let you know when the guidance is published.

In the meantime, current local issues include Devon County Council’s proposed changes to the traffic system at London Inn Square (John Lewis corner) and the York Road area, improvements at Exeter City Football ground, and questions over the future of other open spaces. Until we have made more progress with the draft neighbourhood plan, the Forum has no formal position. However, when consultation is underway on planning and transport matters, residents’ associations and individuals can send their comments to the relevant council.

The Forum’s website is as up to date as possible and includes a link to Devon County Council’s website for the latest information on the London Inn Square consultation.

New members and associate members are welcome. We’d like a wide cross-section of interests and opinions, representative of the ward itself. Please let your neighbours, friends and business colleagues know about the Forum and the neighbourhood plan.

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