The first section looks at a range of issues related to Place, including location and geography, transport, housing and environment. East Devon is a good place to live with a rich natural environment with two thirds of the district being designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have good transport links including the main airport for the south west region with Exeter International Airport based in the district. We have high levels of car ownership and a large out flow of workers leaving the district to work in places such as Exeter, Mid Devon and South Somerset. Levels of home ownership are high with the highest proportion of houses in the top three most expensive council tax bands.
Affordability of homes is an issue in the district with East Devon being in the top 25% of all Local Authority areas for house prices but one of the lowest nationally in terms of wages. The natural environment also makes East Devon a wonderful place to visit and our natural economy brings significant employment and business opportunity to East Devon.