Closing date for consultation is Friday February 2, 2018

East Devon District Council is asking the public for its views on proposed changes to its Villages Plan by Friday February 2, 2018.

The Villages Plan covers some of the larger villages in East Devon and the town of Colyton and shows the areas where new housing will be acceptable in principle (known as Built-up Area Boundaries). The plan also shows the extent of authorised uses at the Greendale and Hill Barton business parks. The changes, known as ‘main modifications’ include specific policies for Hill Barton and Greendale Business Parks and a general policy for the Built-up Area Boundaries.

The consultation follows hearings during November where an independent inspector examined the plan and heard evidence from council officers and interested parties. The inspector has asked East Devon to consult on the proposed changes and all comments from the public, received by February 2, 2018, will be sent to the inspector for consideration before she finalises her report which is expected to be published in the Spring.

The modifications include additional policies that clearly link the maps shown in the Villages Plan back to the policies of the East Devon Local Plan, which was adopted in January 2015. This includes specific policies for Hill Barton and Greendale Business Parks. These policies generally resist development in the ‘countryside’, except in specific circumstances as set out in the Local Plan. Other modifications include additional wording to the ‘vitality’ policies proposed for the town/village centres at Colyton and Beer, a monitoring table and amendments to the text for Kilmington and Musbury to help protect the historic environment.

The consultation signals one of the final stages in preparing the Villages Plan, which will 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. Outside the black line, further development would only be acceptable in special circumstances.  The public is being asked to comment on the modifications and the updated Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment.

The Proposed Submission Villages Plan and all of the supporting documents can be viewed here and the adopted East Devon Local Plan can be viewed here 
The documents are also available to view at East Devon District Council’s offices in Exmouth Town Hall and Knowle at Sidmouth.

Councillor Philip Twiss, East Devon District Council’s Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, said:

We are pleased that the development of Villages Plan appears to be progressing towards its final stages. This will complement the Local Plan that is already in place and will help to determine planning applications across the district.