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Exeter City's stadium redevelopment put on hold

The multi-million pound development of Exeter City's St James' Park stadium has suffered a setback, after the Communities Secretary put a temporary holding order on the scheme.

View of Exeter City's stadium, St James Park. Credit: Stephen Pond / EMPICS Sport

The development would see the ageing grandstand replaced paid for by new student accommodation on site.

The rebuild would be paid for by a new tower block for over 300 students overlooking the ground.

It has won planning permission but a neighbourhood group is concerned about the number of students in the area. The scheme can't go ahead until the Government has investigated.

How the new grandstand will look Credit: Kensington Taylor

We have been made aware that the St James Forum have approached the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) asking the Secretary of State to intervene in the planning process for our Stadium Improvements.

The effect of this action is to stop the City Council confirming our Planning Permission until it has been decided whether the DCLG will take over the responsibility for the decision. We expect to hear within approximately three weeks whether or not this is going to happen.

– Exeter City FC
Plans for Exeter Stadium Credit: Artist's impression


Football: Exeter beaten, but victory for Torquay

Two of our sides were in action tonight.

In League Two Exeter City were beaten 2 - 0 away at strugglers York. The result means Yeovil drop into the relegation zone.

In the FA Trophy, Torquay beat Macclesfield 1-0 to move into the Quarter Finals where they'll face Bognor Regis later this month.

Exeter City match cancelled

Exeter City's game against Oxford at St James Park has been called off due to bad weather.

The club says a pitch inspection forced them to postpone the game.


Exeter City star Tom Nichols departs for Peterborough United

Exeter City striker Tom Nichols is to leave the club after being sold to Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £250,000.

Tom Nichols scores during the FA Cup third round replay against Liverpool Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

A City academy graduate, Tom has been with the club since he played at under-11 level, and made his first-team debut for the club as a seventeen-year-old.

Since then he has played 113 games for the Grecians, scoring 34 goals.

Exeter City sign Reading midfielder

Exeter City have signed Reading midfielder Jake Taylor on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old returns to the Grecians following a loan spell with the club which lasted for the majority of the 2011/12 season.

The twice-capped Welsh international spent the first part of the season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, but has now completed the permanent move to St James Park - bringing to an end to a seventeen-year spell with the Royals.

Jake Taylor Credit: Gareth Fuller/EMPICS Sport

He is a player we know very well with him having spent a season with us on loan four or five years ago. It is a good opportunity to keep building the squad ahead of next year, and he will come straight into the squad for Saturday.

He is a very versatile player. He is a very bright player and he comes to us with good experience. He has been to quite a few clubs on loan; but obviously his major loan was with us, and I see it as it being a pretty smooth fit in terms of someone coming into the club.

He knows us and we know him, and he will add going forward into next season as we are building the team.

– Paul Tisdale, City manager
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