Property development
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.

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.

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.

Vaughan Road Exeter City Living development site

ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

Why does Exeter City Council evade public scrutiny of Exeter City Living property development decisions?

Significant decisions concerning the council-owned company are being taken in secret despite transparency legislation and assurances when it was created, with governance and scrutiny arrangements also potentially putting the council at risk.

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.

Karime Hassan, Phil Bialyk, Tony Rowe and Paul Thomas at Sandy Park hotel development site

ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

Decision to send council CEO and director to work for Exeter City Futures is "disservice to citizens"

City council disregards governance, risk and conflict of interest issues despite cross-party challenges and conflates decarbonisation agenda with property development financing scheme.

  • 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

  • Harlequins revised redevelopment scheme - block two model view Paul Street elevation

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Exeter City Council approves second Harlequins "co-living" block, sealing fate of Paul Street

    Previously rejected vision will now form basis of "abysmal" and "poorly thought through" Liveable Exeter development of 383 "units of accommodation" with increased proportion of substandard studios but reduced economic value to city.

    Independent local business on Paris Street, Exeter

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Prospects improve for pop-up Paris Street and Sidwell Street tenants wanting to stay on development site

    Council leader Phil Bialyk says it will be "some years" before planned CityPoint redevelopment affects repurposed retail units, and that council "would want" to accommodate artistic and cultural initiatives and independent local businesses "should they wish to remain".

    Exeter Digest #5: Second Harlequins "co-living" block? - Arts centre opens despite CityPoint threat - City of Culture bid - Parliamentary boundary review

    In the fifth edition of our newsletter we review key stories from the past few weeks and announce the return of our community journalism training courses and workshops.

    Harlequins revised redevelopment scheme illustrative elevation

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Harlequins developer plans to scrap hotel to build second "co-living" block on shopping centre site

    Existing planning approval will be factor in decision to return to earlier, rejected, vision which would mean 378 studios and "cluster flat" rooms along Paul Street.

    Positive Light Projects - Sidwell Street entrance

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  ARTS & CULTURE

    Positive Light Projects opens community arts centre despite CityPoint redevelopment threat

    Parts of Exeter city centre are experiencing an unplanned renaissance as small shops and cultural venues move in to fill empty units on Paris Street and Sidwell Street, but uncertainty remains as the council still plans to demolish and redevelop.

    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.

    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.

    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".

    Illustration showing how the new building will look when completed

    NEWS  ⁄  ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

    Exeter Science Park STEMM "grow-out building" construction begins

    A new specialist centre for fast-growth Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths & Medicine businesses will be completed by November 2021.

    Clydesdale and Birks development illustrative view

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    University plans to demolish 30 buildings to construct ~50,000m2 of new student accommodation

    Permission sought for 1,250 new bedrooms on fifteen acre Streatham campus Clydesdale and Birks development site, half as large again as 1,200 bedroom East Park development.

    Longbrook Street student accommodation development site King Billy public house

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Renewed permission sought for Longbrook Street student block

    Developers are seeking to renew previously-granted planning permission for an eight storey 108-bed student accommodation block on the site of the King Billy public house.

    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.

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Wonford NHS Trust parking sign

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Hospital creates parking for 200 cars despite city climate crisis goals

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital says new parking "temporary" but no end-date given in planning application and no hard evidence of need provided.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    Exeter Clifton Hill sports centre

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Clifton Hill sports centre – the background

    Storm Emma met the Beast from the East and dumped a huge amount of snow on the roof of Exeter's Clifton Hill sports centre, setting off a chain reaction which has ignited two campaigns and put Exeter City Council's approaches to competence and openness into sharp focus.

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