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East Devon Villages Plan consultation open until 10 May for public to comment – feedback will be send to Inspector examining final Plan

Following an initial consultation in 2016, members of the local community are being invited by East Devon District Council to provide further feedback on the version of the East Devon Villages Plan that the council is proposing to submit for examination. The consultation includes details of the feedback received in response to the 2016 consultation and shows how the council has listened to the views expressed and amended the document.

The public have until 12pm on Wednesday 10 May 2017 to comment on the plan and the supporting documents and all comments will be sent to the Inspector appointed to examine the plan.

The council is producing the Plan to help guide decisions on where new development should take place in 15 selected larger villages, as well as the town of Colyton. Its key purpose is to define Built-up Area Boundaries (BUABs) around the villages of Beer, Broadclyst, Clyst St. Mary, East Budleigh, Feniton, Kilmington, Musbury, Newton Poppleford, Sidbury, Uplyme, West Hill, Whimple and Woodbury as well as the town of Colyton.

BUABS (drawn as a black line on the Plan) show the areas within these settlements where new housing would be generally acceptable – subject to certain criteria. It does not, however, mean that land has been specifically allocated for development in these locations. Outside the black line, further development would only be acceptable in special circumstances. However, this does not affect residents’ ability to extend properties and doesn’t mean that houses are not part of the village in any other way.

In addition, maps showing the extent of land authorised for business use at Greendale and Hill Barton business parks have been included in the Villages Plan. These sites lie in areas of open countryside as defined in the East Devon Local Plan and are subject to countryside protection policies and so the plan simply identifies the extent of the current business parks and does not allocate additional land or development.

The Proposed Submission Villages Plan is available to view on the East Devon Council website as well as at local libraries and in the council offices in Sidmouth. 

Further documents that have been used to support the Plan include: a sustainability appraisal, site by site assessments of individual settlements, an assessment of Greendale and Hill Barton business parks and a consultation statement that summarises comments received in the previous consultation.

Any comments received in response to the latest consultation will be forwarded to the Inspector appointed to examine the plan - this is expected to happen during Autumn 2017.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, said:

We would like to hear from as many residents as possible, as their views are an important part of the process in finalising the Villages Plan, which is destined to help determine planning applications across the district.