Freedom of information
Exeter City Council government borrowing 2014-2022 bar chart

ANALYSIS  ⁄  ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

Council borrowing nearly triples in three years as property acquisitions and development loans mount

Freedom of information request reveals five paragraph "outline business plan" for £55 million Guildhall shopping centre investment.

Summerland Street co-living block redevelopment site

NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

Council paves way for 186-bed "co-living" block in Summerland Street

Freedom of information request reveals intended scale of development after executive committee takes decision behind closed doors.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Brownfield or green?

    At yesterday’s second scrutiny meeting in the series being orchestrated by the city council to air Exeter City Futures’ ideas about using Exeter as an urban guinea pig for its development fund project it was Frazer Osment’s turn to play the ringer...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • Exeter student house in multiple occupation

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Council consultants confirm 58% of Exeter's university students live in city's residential housing stock

    2021-22 university figures suggest there are now more than 4,500 student HMOs in the city, consistent with ONS findings, with number set to surpass Exeter's council housing provision.

    Individual overseas ownership of Exeter property titles 2010 to 2021 bar chart

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Individual overseas ownership of Exeter property triples in ten years

    350% rise greater than in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, increasing housing costs, reducing home ownership levels and harming housing affordability.

    Pennsylvania housing stock in Sylvan Road, Exeter

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Pennsylvania petitioners expose fifteen years of flawed student accommodation policy-making

    City council policies based on faulty premises, inaccurate information and miscalculated projections have failed to prevent mass student occupation of Exeter residential housing stock despite the proliferation of Purpose Built Student Accommodation across the city.

    Liveable Exeter Place Board agenda October 2020 redacted

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    City council outsourcing Exeter local government to unaccountable Liveable Exeter Place Board

    An Exeter Observer investigation of Liveable Exeter Place Board has found that it is a de facto decision-making and governance body which exercises public functions with the potential to affect everyone who lives and works in Exeter.

    Exeter city centre from Exeter Cathedral roof

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Freedom of information requests reveal Liveable Exeter Place Board "chumocracy" overseeing the city

    Despite the significance of Liveable Exeter Place Board's role in determining the city's future, its members are selected and appointed on a secretive, informal basis.

    Exeter Digest #2: Exeter local elections guide - Majority want net zero by 2030 - Council meetings to resume in person

    With the local elections a week today and a bank holiday weekend on its way we thought we'd publish our second edition a day early to give you extra time to take your pick of our top stories.

    Exeter Digest #1: Statistics in the balance - Dartmoor Line to reopen - Local elections are coming

    In this first edition of Exeter Observer's email newsletter we introduce our format and bring you up to date with our coverage over the past couple of months.

    Exeter City Council offices on Paris Street

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Council pushes back on Liveable Exeter Place Board scrutiny following membership change

    Exeter City Council has responded to an enquiry about disproportionate Church of England representation on the Liveable Exeter Place Board by accusing Exeter Observer of promoting a "partisan narrative" and claiming our public interest reporting "bears no resemblance to fact".

    Exeter Paris Street construction site on which Roman remains were found

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Echoes of Exeter's Roman past reveal risks to city's future vision

    The unexpected discovery of Roman remains on Exeter's bus station redevelopment site suggests significant risks may also exist for the adjacent Citypoint regeneration scheme.

    Exeter City Council press and public exclusion notice

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    What does your council know that you don't know you don't know?

    Extracting information from councils is hard work but increasingly necessary for local democracy.

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