East Devon Draft Heritage Strategy

Our heritage assets, which are valued parts of our historic environment, are an irreplaceable resource that provide significant social, economic and environmental benefits for East Devon. It is important that we set out a positive strategy for their conservation and enjoyment, for this and future generations.

We have recently produced a Draft Heritage Strategy (2019 – 2031) for the East Devon District.  This presents a summary of our heritage, its significance, its management and its benefits, with a broad action plan for the delivery of our recommendations.

Consultation Details

We are running a consultation and would like to hear what you think about any part of the Draft Heritage StrategyA paper copy is available on request.  To help with this, some examples of questions you may wish to consider in your response are set out below.

It would be helpful when making your comments if you quote the question number or the section or theme name with each comment where this applies.

The period for you to submit comments runs from Wednesday 28 November 2018 to Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Please ensure all comments are received by 5pm on 22 January 2019 or they may not be considered. Comments can be submitted by email or post to: or

Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth  EX10 8HL

Consultation questions to consider

Q1 Are you happy with the design and layout of the strategy? Is it clear and easy to read or do you or have any suggestions for improvement?

Q2 Do you have any comments on the structure of the strategy, including the three themes?

Section 1 Introduction Q3 Do you agree with the aims of the strategy? Would you change anything, and if so why?

Section 2, Theme A: Understanding and appreciating our historic environment Q4 Does this summary reflect our historic environment? Would you like to add anything?

Q5 Do you have any comments on the way heritage assets are described in this theme?

Section 2, Theme B: Positively managing our historic environment Q6 Do you have any thoughts on our plans to involve communities more? What may be the opportunities or challenges?

Q7 Are there any further opportunities or resources that could help us to manage the districts heritage assets, for example our heritage at risk or conservation areas?

Section 2, Theme C: Enhancing and benefitting from our heritage Q8 Can you suggest any more ways that our heritage benefits our economy, health and wellbeing or our environment?

Q9 Working with communities and partners, can you suggest any other ways that our heritage can be enhanced?

Section 3: Implementation Q10 Do you agree with the recommended actions? If not, what are your reasons?

Q11 Have you any suggestions for other projects, or more efficient ways that the strategy objectives could be put into action?

Section 4: Appendices Q12 Is there anything you would like to amend or add to the appendices?

What happens next?

Following the consultation we will consider all responses received. We will then amend the document accordingly and submit it to the East Devon District Council Strategic Planning Committee recommending adoption.

If you would like any further explanation on the Heritage Strategy, or guidance on submitting comments, please contact the planning policy section on 01395 517483.

Please note that we usually upload comments to the website including the name of the person commenting, although personal details (signature, address, email and telephone number) are redacted. Where comments are received from an organisation or business, contact details will not usually be redacted. In some cases, for instance where comments are deemed to be offensive or confidential, comments may not be made public or an officer summary may be uploaded instead.

Data protection

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of the Heritage Strategy consultation and may inform other planning policy work.

Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purpose of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes.

Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice which can be accessed at: