Labour-run Exeter City Council owes Duryard & St James over £800,000 in money from developers since 2019
Local Lib Dem Councillors, Kevin Mitchell and Michael Mitchell, are calling upon Labour-run Exeter City Council to give our area its fair share of money given by developers for local communitites.
For every new development that is built in Exeter, developers have to give a financial contribution that goes towards helping the local area. Most of this money is placed in a central pot and has been used by Exeter City Council to assist with major projects, such as St Sidwell's Point. However, 15% is meant to be used for community projects. According to government guidance, this should be spent on the priorities expressed by local communities, including priorities set out formally in neighbourhood plans.
Since 2019, 12 purpose-built student accommodations have been built in Duryard and St James, totalling over £5.7 million for the City Council. This means that we should receive a Community Pot of £866,500. However, we have only received £23,850 - meaning that the Labour-run council owes our area £842,650.
Duryard and St James Lib Dem Councillors, Kevin Mitchell and Michael Mitchell, are standing up for local residents by calling upon Exeter City Council to review its developer tax policy and clearly set out how it is engaging with neighbourhoods to match their priorities, including ones set out formally in local plans.
Kevin commented: "We have been dramatically affected by the growth of the University over recent years and the City Council should be using these large funds to mitigate the harm these developments cause to local communities. Yet it appears Labour are milking us and are spending this money elsewhere - these actions suggest Labour just don't care about our community."
These community funds could be and should be used to address the priorities within the St James Neighbourhood Plan as well as to create a much-needed Community Hub for Duryard.
Kevin continued: "I have called out this unfair treatment of our community within the City Council and Michael and I will continue to push for action. But we need your help - please support our campaign for 'A Fair Deal' by signing our petition below."
We, the undersigned, call upon Exeter City Council to review its Community Infrastructure Policy to greater ensure the needs of communities with new developments, such as Duryard & St James, are addressed:
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