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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


Nowell 'proud' to play with fellow Chiefs star

Jack Nowell is tackled by Wales Jamie Roberts yesterday. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs duo Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie helped England remain on course for the Grand Slam in the Six Nations as they both featured in the 25-21 victory over Wales at Twickenham.

Nowell and Cowan-Dickie have played together since they were 5 years old. Nowell says he's 'proud' to play for England with his Chiefs' team-mate:

Exeter Cathedral hosts medieval market

Exeter Cathedral is celebrating English Tourism Week by hosting of a Spring Fair featuring an array of stalls selling crafts and artisan gifts.

Credit: ITV West Country

The magnificent nave of Exeter Cathedral, which houses the longest continuous vaulted ceiling in Europe, is to return to its medieval roots for the hosting of the event.

Visitors will also be able to catch up on the progress of the 'Big Lego Build' since its launch.

Credit: PA

English Tourism Week is an annual event, this year being celebrated from 5 - 13 March 2016.

Exeter astronomer gets 'best ever' view of aging star

An astronomer from the University of Exeter has had the 'sharpest ever view' of a dusty disc around an aging star 4,000 light years away which could signal a new generation of planets.

The team of astronomers used the full power of The Very Large Telescope Interferometer. Credit: University of Exeter

Using an intensely powerful telescopic system at an observatory in Chile, Dr Jacques Kluska and a research team were able to get the clearest view so far of the star and compare discs around young and old stars for the first time.

It may be possible that a disc appearing at the end of a star’s life might create a second generation of planets. Credit: University of Exeter

The most prominent feature of the image is the resolved ring.

The inner edge of the dust ring, can be seen for the first time in these observations.

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