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21/1014/FUL | Demolition of garage workshop (Maximum Motors) and construction of four 3-storey (plus basement) purpose-built student accommodation units, numbering 26 bedrooms in total. | 68-72 Howell Road Exeter Devon EX4 4LZ
  • Total Consulted: 153
  • Comments Received: 80
  • Objections: 77
  • Supporting: 1

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Kai Kin & Judith Yung (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

Email Recieved 07.12.22

Dear Roger

We write to object to this planning application because it does not accord with the Neighbourhood Plan. Also there are already many student households in the area close the corner shop on Howell Road.

We would be more likely to support an application for social housing for Exeter families.


Kai Kin YUNG and Judith Yung

Carolyn Harris (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

email recived 11.12.22
Dear Mr Clotworthy,

I am writing to object to the planning application referenced above.

This proposal, if passed, will add to the population imbalance and is entirely contrary to the Neighbourhood Plan for this area.

If this application is likely to be approved, I request that is goes before the Full Planning committee.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Carolyn Harris

Christopher Gill (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

email recived 11.12.22

Dear Mr Clotworthy
I am writing in connection with the revised application for a 26 bed PBSA on the site of the former Maximum Motors garage in Howell Rd (21/1014/FUL). I oppose this development. The development runs counter to the St James community Trust neighbourhood plan, in introducing a development strikingly out of character with the existing pattern of traditional terrace or semi-detached houses of 2-3 storeys. The servicing and parking requirements of this development cannot be achieved without negative impact on the residents of the adjacent area.
The development runs counter to the aim of maintaining a balanced community in St James by introducing further student accommodation in an area which already has numerous HMOs.
Yours sincerely
(Mr) Chris Gill

Soo Jackaman-Hall (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

email recived 11.12.22

As a local resident I object to the proposed development as accommodation for 28 or 29 students is not appropriate and further does not comply with the St James Neighbourhood Plan.
There are already far too many students in the area due to the university building even more blocks on campus and other local developments, ie Johnson Dry Cleaners site - with 200 more students.
Has this plan now been abandoned by the Exeter City Council ?
In relation to this development, I refer to Policy C2 and its focus on 'large scale purpose-built student accommodation', which the policy permits 'in areas where it can be properly integrated into the urban area'.
Howell Road is predominantly characterised by intact streets of traditional terraced, semidetached and detached forms of 2-3 storey residential developments.
How can a purpose built 4 storey student accommodation block be properly integrated into the urban area ?'
Whilst this proposal appears to be a 'no car development' - parking and accessibility for local residents is already significantly impacted. Commencement of term, involves vehicles often parked on double yellow lines, or on pavements to facilitate the in load and off load.
Further no consideration has been made where delivery vehicles will park especially as access must be kept free along Howell Road for Danes Castle fire station.
Cars will still come into Exeter notwithstanding the 'no car development'
Howell Road and the surrounding Area has changed in the last 5 years. We are now saturated with students - we have litter that is merely dropped or thrown into residential gardens, bins that are left out, or in July, white goods, left in Howell Road. Glass bottles are smashed and not picked up, we have had public urination, and the inability to walk on a pavement, but rather along the HMP wall. This exasperates matters for the emergency services
You contact the University Security and they are not interested - as if off campus and stock advice is to call the Police.
The local residents will not benefit at all from this 'development' - no Council Tax is generated from student accommodation. There are no business rates payable, and the developer will only have to pay 50% Community Infrastructure Levy - which affects the local community.
These student developments are used as a short cut to get around plan
There are a lot of people that need housing which is not available and yet at the same time I have seen a huge amount of student accommodation.

Trevor Wiggins (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

Email recived 11.12.22

Dear Roger,
I would like to register my objection to the proposed PBSA on the Maximum motors site in Howell Road. This is against the local plan and inappropriate in an area that already has a high level of student occupation. It is also out of character with the nearby housing. I live further along Howell Road and suffer the noise and debris left by large numbers of students walking late at night from The Imperial (Wetherspoons) up the road. As a retired lecturer, I know and welcome students but there needs to be better management to maintain a balance with local residents. This application continues to upset this balance.


Dr Trevor Wiggins

Susan Francis (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

Email Recived 11.12.22

24 bed PSBA, Maximum Motors site, Howell Rd
I am shocked to read that there has been a revised application for this
24 bed student accommodation in St James neighbourhood, which shows a complete disregard for St James statutory Neighbourhood Plan, which states that PBSA's such as this should not be built in an area of predominantly 2-3 storey residential properties.
It will be totally out of character, and size, for a road such as Howell Rd.
When will Exeter City Council heed the opinions of so many residents in this area?

Mrs Susan Francis

Krish Madray (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

Dear Sir
I am emailing you to register my objection to the above proposed development.

This goes against the Neighbourhood Plan where traditional terraced, semi- detached and detached 2-3 story residential property, and 'where the servicing and parking requirements could be achieved with no unacceptable impact on the amenity of the adjacent area for residents.'

I am a resident in the local area and this proposed development will have a major detrimental effect on the infrastructure and community.

Please reconsider your plans.

Mr Krish Madray

Clare Johnson (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

email recived 10.12.22:
Dear Mr Clotworthy

I'm emailing to put in an objection to the revised application for a 26 bed PBSA
on the old Maximum Motors site, Howell road.

Building a PBSA on this site is unacceptable to local residents and goes against
the Neighbourhood Plan for the St James area. Our family have lived in this area
for over 40 years and have seen the quality of life and the look of the area deteriorate,
in large part due to the imbalance between the residential and student population. We
have nothing against students per se it's just that the 2 lifestyles don't mix as they
are diametrically opposed and also these ugly accommodation blocks do not fit in with the
existing architecture. A lot of Exeter is already being changed for the worse or destroyed, so
we can ill afford more eyesores to contend with.

If you have any regard at all for residents living in the centre of Exeter, please could you
turn down this application.

Best wishes

Clare Johnson

Phyllida Brown (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

Comment recieved via email 10.12.22
Dear Mr Clotworthy,
I have just been timed out of the online comment facility for planning comments so I am obliged to email you directly. Please kindly acknowledge receipt.
I object to the above application for purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) for 26 beds on Howell Rd at the old Maximum Motors site. This is because the Neighbourhood Plan for St James is once again being disregarded by the application and as a St James resident I am really disappointed by the downgrading of my neighbourhood in repeated overrides of the Plan. Specifically the plan doesn't allow PBSA to be accommodated in intact streets of traditional 2-3 storey traditional terraced, semidetached or detached residential development. Howell Road is therefore not suitable in line with the Plan. Equally important, such PBSAs are only allowable within the plan where the access for services and parking can be achieved without unacceptable impact on the amenity of the adjacent area for residents. As you are well aware there is already serious congestion in the Howell Road area, affecting neighbouring streets and journeys. There is also inadequate access to parking and whatever the claims of developers and the University to limit student cars, in fact students are continuing to bring cars to Exeter in large numbers. Parking in St James is a time consuming daily challenge for us as permanent résidents and it is not unusual to spend 20 minutes finding a space sometimes streets away from home, while student cars monopolise the area. Please consider my sincere objection to this plan.
Yours sincerely, Phyllida Brown, member of the public, neighbourhood resident and long-standing member of the St James community.

Robyn Connet (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 13 Dec 2022

Email Recived 10/12/22 20:44
Dear Roger

Please find attached the response on behalf of Exeter St James Community Trust to the revised proposals for 26 bed PBSA on the Maximum Motors site in Howell Road, 21/1014/FUL.

As explained in the response, the intention is that this adds to the submission of the Forum to the original proposals.

Kind regards

Robyn Connett


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