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Green light for football ground redevelopment and student flats

Plans to redevelop Exeter City football club's grounds and build student flats nearby have been given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State.

Local residents' group the St James Forum had objected to the multi-storey student accommodation block - saying it would be out of character with its surroundings and that there's already a large local student population.

They'd appealed against planning approval - and will now have to decide if they want to continue their challenge through a judicial review.

The football club's chairman Julian Tagg says they're keen to work with the forum to allay concerns about the student flats - and move forward with the much-needed redevelopment of the stadium.

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