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New grandstands and enabling development for Exeter City FC’s St James Park

The St James Park Development - New Stagecoach Stand, image 2 (June 2015)

Exeter City Football Club (ECFC) is beginning the public consultation process that will inform a planning application for a partial development of St James Park, including demolition and rebuilding of the Stagecoach Family Stand on the Well Street side of the ground.

Other suggested renovations are:

  • Relocation of and improvements to the player and referee changing facilities beneath the main stand.
  • Significant improvements to other parts of the ground including the replacement and enhancement of the toilet facilities for the Big Bank Stand.
  • Consideration will also be given to the enhancement of the away end.
  • An enabling development of approximately 320 student beds on land behind the Big Bank Stand and two adjoining pieces of land, the Yeo and Davey site, and 20 Old Tiverton Road.
  • Approximately 350 sq. m of retail use in the form of a convenience store on the Yeo & Davey site.

ECFC is working with commercial partner Yelverton Properties that will assist with the delivery of the proposals. Yelverton is currently on site developing a new Pavilion for Exeter Cricket Club and 159 student beds.

Chairman of Exeter City Football Club, Julian Tagg, said:

These plans are only in the early stages of formulation.  But, the full scope of what we will be proposing could deliver significant improvement in the experience of the spectators at St James Park, as well as a considerable boost to our work in the local community. 

We will not know the full extent of what could be achieved through these plans until the detailed design work has occurred, alongside the full public consultation programme launched today.  But what is clear is that the aspirations for St James Park that these plans have would meet a key element of Exeter City’s long-term vision as an outstanding community-owned Club. 

We have been supporter-owned since 2003, and I am very proud that both the Club and the fans, through the Supporters’ Trust, have come together to produce a Mission Statement for Exeter City.  This Mission Statement outlines a range of practical objectives that support the overall Club Vision.  These include ‘delivering viable financial performance’, ‘developing first class capabilities’, both on and off the pitch and ‘to engage with our members, supporters and the wider community.