St James is within a stone’s throw of Exeter City Centre and Exeter University. In 2011, with the support of a Board Director of LDA Design, the community came together to plan for its future to counter loss of the resident population and urban quality. This led to the formal process of preparing a neighbourhood plan. LDA Design designed an approach which helped empower the community to lead the process.
In May 2013 Exeter St James Forum became the second community in England to have a neighbourhood plan approved at referendum. A Community Land Trust has been formed and several projects are progressing towards delivery.