Planning policy
Liveable Exeter community engagement with council development director Ian Collinson

COMMENT  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

Property development promotion as community planning participation

If the Liveable Exeter property development scheme and its Exeter Development Fund financing vehicle are already intended to "anchor and underpin" the new Exeter Local Plan, what will public consultation on the plan decide?

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.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Irrationale by design?

    The second of two RAMM-hosted Liveable Exeter promotional events, focussed on Exeter’s future as a “garden city”, took place last night with the city council’s Director of City Development, Ian Collinson topping the bill...

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  • Exeter Statement of Community Involvement cover

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Council rejects calls for greater community involvement in Exeter planning policy and decisions

    Council defends existing approach despite Statement of Community Involvement consultation producing just 17 responses, and won't do more to promote neighbourhood planning despite prospect of enhanced community powers.

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    RAMM-bunctious

    The city museum is the latest Exeter institution to get roped into fronting Liveable Exeter property development scheme promotion...

    PLANNING & PLACE

  • 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.

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    In other urban sprawl news

    A development of up to 80 residential dwellings on a ten acre greenfield site alongside Exwick Lane has been given the go ahead at appeal...

    PLANNING & PLACE

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    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...

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  • 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.

    Clydesdale, Nash and Birks Grange Village redevelopment illustrative elevations

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    University drops environmental standards for huge student flats development with council approval

    University of Exeter and Exeter City Council both ignore own policies in plans to demolish 30 buildings and construct 50,000m2 of new student accommodation, telling us more about their priorities than their climate leadership claims.

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    Longbrook Street PBSA gifted second life

    Exeter City Council planning officers have approved the renewal of planning permission for an eight storey 108-bed student accommodation block on the site of the King Billy public house which had previously been granted in April 2018 and since lapsed...

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  • Exeter Digest #3: Devon Pension Fund fossil fuel investment - SW Exeter district heating network - Exeter local election results

    The third edition of our essential newsletter offers something for everyone on sunny bank holiday weekend.

    Empty retail units at The Depot Purpose Built Student Accommodation block on Cheeke Street in Exeter

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Developer plans to convert retail units in Exeter city centre block to additional student bedrooms

    Conversion of five of eleven shop/leisure units at The Depot on Cheeke Street would add nineteen rooms to existing 715 bedrooms in monolithic PBSA.

    Maclaines Warehouses beside Exeter ship canal

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Maclaines Warehouses development tests Exeter Heritage Harbour status

    Decisions taken behind closed doors in favour of commercial interests threaten maritime and waterway heritage vision for Exeter’s historic quay, canal and canal basin.

    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".

    St. Sidwell's Point development site outline aerial view

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Exeter City Council executive members take direct control of city planning decisions

    Council's executive now possesses majority on city planning committee, with council leader and planning portfolio holder also included despite national guidance, offering basis to challenge decisions and increasing democratic deficit.

    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.

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