News Archive

  • ROUND TWO OF HIGHLY CONTENTIOUS VICTORIA STREET ‘CO-LIVING’ DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS!
    ‘RE-CONSULTATION’ OF APPLICATION 23/0949/FUL NOW UNDERWAY What do YOU say? Have the revisions successfully transformed an unacceptably ‘poor response to the setting’ into a well-designed development St James’ needs? The original proposal, shown above, was highly and widely criticised by professionals as well as local residents in the many responses to the consultation last August […]
  • PICTURE THIS
    Recently installed CCTV comes to QCG The need for a camera in this position has long been considered very important by Exeter’s Community Safety Partnership and Dennis Cavanagh, ECC’s CCTV Control Centre Manager, is impressed by the far better coverage made available by this camera, not only of the Garden, but of Queen’s Crescent, Longbrook Street, and York Road, including […]
  • TWO IMPORTANT CONSULTATIONS ENDING THIS MONTH ON 15 JANUARY
  • APPLICATION, CHANGE OF USE AND EXTENSION OF EXISTING PRIVATE GARAGE TO RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION. 5 – 6 WELL STREET EXETER
    We know that many residents across St James appreciate the architectural heritage of the area and are keen to see the conservation areas enhanced. If this is you, this second application will certainly be one to which you will want to add your voice to a call for refusal. Application 23/1424/FUL, seeks to replace a […]
  • APPLICATION FOR A 6 BED PURPOSE BUILT STUDENT ACCOMMODATION (PBSA) IN THE REAR GARDEN OF 47 UNION ROAD
    This follows a recent Appeal Decision Notice whereby H M Inspectorate upheld the City Council’s refusal decision of a 10 bed PBSA on the same footprint. The new proposal counts as a small PBSA in NP terms, and so Policy C3 which does not permit such development where it would ‘prejudice the objective of creating […]
  • MEDIEVAL WALL DEMOLISHED IN CONTRAVENTION OF PLANNING CONSENT
    The Trust has raised the awareness of ECC’s Heritage Officer, Owen Cambridge, to the recent wanton destruction of a medieval clay-bonded local Heavitree and red sandstone wall at the rear of 30 – 32 Longbrook Street that was clearly visible from King William Street. It stood on part of the combined site that was given […]
  • NEW PLANNING APPLICATION 23/1215/VOC RELATING TO THE PBSA NEXT TO JOHN LEWIS IN LONGBROOK STREET
    Many Members will recall the protracted process that finally led to permission being granted in 2018 for a purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) development on the former King Billy and Dunn’s Motor’s sites. Efforts in 2017 to persuade ECC to refuse the proposal for such use on grounds of community balance failed and sadly permission […]
  • MAXIMUM MOTORS SITE IN HOWELL ROAD
    The anticipated appeal against refusal of 21/1014/FUL, an application for 26 bed purpose built student accommodation on the former Maximum Motors site in Howell Road, has now been registered with ref no. APP/Y1110/W/23/3325492. The 80 individuals or community groups who submitted objections to this application over its protracted consultation periods can be assured that their […]
  • LOWER HOOPERN VALLEY
    A number of Members have expressed concern that public access to the Valley might be curtailed under the plans being developed by Exeter University and have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up consultation which was initially scheduled for August, but postponed until now. We think many will decide that the delay was worthwhile; on studying the […]
  • ECC REFUSE APPLICATION FOR A SIX BEDROOM STUDENT ACCOMMODATION IN THE REAR GARDEN OF 70 PENNSYLVANIA ROAD
    As previously highlighted the Appeal Inspector upheld refusal to build student accommodation in the back garden of 47 Union Road (see here) but before waiting for the outcome of the appeal the same applicant submitted a similar application, 23/0652. This time proposing to swallow up the garden of 70 Pennsylvania Road, yet another student HMO […]
  • GREAT NEWS !
    The Appeal Inspector has decided to dismiss the applicant’s appeal against the City Council’s refusal of 22/0397, an application for 10 bedroom purpose built student accommodation in the rear garden of 47 Union Road, itself a student House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) with a licence to accommodate 13 tenants. A victory for all those individuals […]
  • SADLY THE APPLICATIONS KEEP ROLLING IN …..
    Application 23/1161/FUL: Construction of a three-storey building to create 3 x 2-bedroom flats and associated landscaping. Land Adjacent To No 14 Old Park Road/ Land To The Rear Of 67 And 69 Longbrook Street Old Park Road Exeter Please continue to help stem the tide; object by 29 October. The contributions of numerous Trust Members […]
  • AND NOW ANOTHER ONE !
    This time an application to build a two storey purpose built student accommodation block comprising 6 bedrooms in the rear garden of 70 Pennsylvania Road. Clearly non-compliant with our Neighbourhood Plan by worsening community imbalance, it is over-intensification of building use in a garden which will impact on ecological benefits bordering as it does Devonshire […]
  • MAXIMUM MOTORS SITE (AGAIN)
    On Monday 4 September the outline planning application for up to 9 private residential flats on the site of former Maximum Motors garage in Howell Road was presented to Planning Committee. The planning officer recommended approval explaining that, at face value, the proposal was compliant with all relevant policies but grave concern over the genuine […]
  • CO-LIVING COMING TO ST JAMES?
    A planning application for the development of a 101 bed Co-Living block within the compact residential streets of St James has finally landed: Demolition of existing buildings and dwelling and redevelopment of site to provide 101-bed co-living accommodation with associated accesses/egresses, landscaping and other external works. Repair Garage And 81 Victoria Street Exeter Devon EX4 […]
  • DCC CONSULTATION: BUS GATE
    As part of its Bus Service Improvement Plan Devon County Council is currently consulting on introducing a bus gate on New North Road to provide a more direct route to the city centre for buses traveling from Cowley Bridge to Exeter Bus Station. Bus gates are sections of the highway which allow the passage of […]
  • 2023 SUMMER EVENT IN QCG
    The Trust’s annual fundraising event was held in Queen’s Crescent Garden on 1 July. Our band of volunteers setting up. On a sunny Saturday the community once again came together to support the Queen’s Crescent Garden project. Much needed funds were raised as brisk trade was done at both book and plant stalls and cakes […]
  • 2023 AGM Update
    2023 AGM Update The AGM held on 6 June was attended by 29 members including Board Members Robyn Connett (Chair), Paul Layton (Secretary), Rebecca Bower (Treasurer), Harry Temple and Beth Osment. A further 17 members appointed a Proxy. Robyn welcomed members to the meeting and spoke to various aspects of the Annual Report concentrating particularly […]
  • HMO PLANNING POLICY CONSULTATION
    The City Council consultation launched on 22 May runs until 3 July and is of significance to everyone in St James concerned about community balance. Details can be found here.  In the meantime please read the Trust commentary here.
  • NEW MAXIMUM MOTORS, HOWELL ROAD, APPLICATION
    After refusal of planning permission for a 26 bed PBSA on this site a new application has been submitted by the owner (23/0583/OUT). At first sight this is much more acceptable being for 7 two-bedded and 2 one-bedded flats. However only outline permission is sought which, if granted, could ultimately allow the development of the […]