Housing crisis
The Gorge co-living block classic studio room floorplan

NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

First Exeter "co-living" block comes on stream with rooms at £946pcm+

Even "affordable" rooms in six storey 133-unit Gladstone Road block would leave many local key workers living below minimum income threshold.

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.

Exeter Article 4 Direction area July 2011 map

NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

St. James HMO conversion refusal overturned at appeal

Council failed to provide sufficient evidence to support 2012 planning policy introduced to limit impact of student occupation of residential housing stock.

Exeter 2020 net internal migration by age group bar chart

ANALYSIS  ⁄  ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

Exeter beset by unaffordable housing, low graduate retention and economically inactive over 50's

Exeter City Council executive ignores key challenges flagged in major council-commissioned employment and skills research report.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    How to inflate housing costs and influence people

    Despite Exeter’s rapidly worsening housing crisis, the council has continued its relentless promotion of the city as a destination to potential incomers by commissioning a coterie of Instagram influencers to flog the place to their followers after spending a May weekend here...

    ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

  • Climate delay discourse typology

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part III: Climate & environment

    The third in our 2022 local elections series examines Exeter Labour claims about climate crisis leadership, renewable energy, recycling, retrofitting and development standards as well as decisions to scrap council and city decarbonisation goals.

    Exeter Labour manifesto for Exeter City Council 2022 elections - front cover

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part I: Exeter's housing crisis

    The first instalment in our 2022 local elections coverage examines Exeter Labour claims related to the housing crisis overtaking the city.

    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.

    Guildhall shopping centre sale brochure cover

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    £55 million Guildhall shopping centre decision may breach local government transparency rules

    Exeter City Council decision to purchase and redevelop shopping centre may be unlawful, ineffective and subject to judicial review, increasing already significant commercial investment risks.

    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.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Has the county council learned its lesson?

    Judging by the “ample space” for greenfield business park and housing development promoted in the “Clean Growth Vision for the West of East Devon” it commissioned from City Science Corporation (an Exeter City Futures sister company) for submission to the East Devon Local Plan consultation, it seems not...

    PLANNING & PLACE

  • Exeter Digest #7: CityPoint pop-ups reprieve - When is a PBSA not a PBSA? - Greta tells it like it is

    In our seventh newsletter we review recent key stories, round up the news in brief and highlight think tank ideas for "community-powered conservatism" and how to deliver for real housing need.

    Clifton Hill sports centre

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Council plans to scrap affordable housing requirement for Clifton Hill sports centre site redevelopment

    Council-owned and financed developer cites unpublished report which values council-owned land for student housing despite council decision ruling out this use.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    It's grim down South West

    Recent synthesis of economic data by Devon County Council doesn’t make for very cheerful reading...

    ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

  • Centre for Cities Exeter City Monitor graphic

    COMMENT  ⁄  ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

    Selective use of statistics presents an unbalanced account of Exeter's economic & environmental status

    Exeter City Council's Chief Executive uses statistics to show the city in a good light, but in doing so presents a picture which omits important information about the city's true position.

    Harlequins shopping centre

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    First Liveable Exeter homes are substandard "warehousing for people" which is student accommodation "in all but name"

    Harlequins shopping centre redevelopment approved by Exeter City Council includes 251 co-living units in seven storey tower block despite widespread opposition from conservation charities and community campaigners who have since appealed to the Secretary of State to call in the decision.

    Food retailers at Queen Street Dining in Exeter Guildhall shopping centre

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Unelected Liveable Exeter Place Board created to oversee city from the shadows

    Exeter City Council has convened an unelected board that meets in private, does not publish its discussions or decisions and is taking responsibility for major policies which will determine Exeter's future.

    Pulling Road Pinhoe Exeter zero carbon housing development site plan

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Exeter's first "zero carbon" housing development includes 96 car parking spaces for 40 homes

    Exeter City Council has approved plans to develop land at Pinhoe with a parking ratio of 2.4 cars per household as part of an "exemplar scheme for future residential development in the city" while accepting that zero carbon construction comes "at a cost to the provision of affordable housing".

    Exeter net zero carbon housing pilot project in Chestnut Avenue in Wonford

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Exeter net zero housing revolution takes root in Chestnut Avenue

    Exeter City Council is taking exploratory steps from talking about a zero carbon future to delivering one with a pilot housing project in Wonford.

    Front elevations of proposed development at Mount Radford Lawn

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Mount Radford Lawn development proposals conflict with St Leonards community vision

    Exeter Deaf Academy hopes to sell a school playing field to developers who plan to build luxury homes. Local residents have other ideas about how best to use the land. A dispute is looming over an historic green space driven by prospective profit from planning gain.

    Greater Exeter Strategic Plan banner

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Is the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan GESPing for air?

    The Greater Exeter Strategic Plan has been a long time in gestation. When it finally arrives, will it deliver?

    Exeter St James period housing stock

    COMMENT  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Exeter St James regeneration

    How can the supply of low-cost, incrementally investable city centre accommodation be stimulated to attract and retain creative, technically-skilled young entrepreneurial talent?

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