On 28 June 2017 the East Devon Villages Plan, including supporting evidence and consultation responses, was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (via the Planning Inspectorate). 

Submission letter to the Inspector

This is the plan the Council wishes to adopt to guide development in certain East Devon settlements.  Please note that the main document that sets out the planning strategy for East Devon is the East Devon Local Plan 2013 - 2031, which was adopted in 2016.

The Council's Submission Statement

For further information please call the Planning Policy team on 01395 571683 or email


Planning Inspector; Beverley Doward BSc BTP MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the East Devon Villages Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).  The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is: 1 – positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development); 2 - justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence); 3 – effective (the Plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and 4 – consistent with national policy (the Plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.

Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

Guidance Notes will be prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process and will be available here in due course. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.

Procedural Correspondence

Occasionally, it will be necessary for the Inspector to write to us to offer procedural direction or to seek clarification.

Correspondence between the Inspector and ourselves is exchanged through the Programme Officer. For transparency and information purposes procedural correspondence is published below:

PC1 - Inspector's Initial Queries and Observations
PC1A - EDDC response to Inspector's questions of 28 July 2017

Programme Officer

Ian Kemp has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the Examination and will deal with all procedural, administrative and programming matters.  He is independent from the Council and reports directly to the Inspector.  All correspondence or queries relating to the examination should be directed to the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
16 Cross Furlong
Droitwich Spa

Telephone: 01527 861711
Mobile: 07723 009166

All other enquiries relating to the preparation and content of the Villages Plan should be made to or telephone 01395 571683.

Hearing Sessions

The proposed venue for the hearing sessions is the Council Chamber, East Devon District Council offices in Sidmouth.  This will be confirmed as soon as hearing dates have been confirmed by the Inspector.  All sessions are open to the public to observe.

Submission and Evidence Base Documents

The documents submitted to the Secretary of State are shown below:  

VP01 - East Devon Villages Plan
VP02 - Villages Plan Sustainability Appraisal Report
VP03 - Villages Plan Sustainability Appraisal Non-technical summary
VP04 - Statement of Representation Procedure
VP05 - Comment form
VP06 - Habitat Regulations Assessment
VP07A - Consultation Statement
VP08 - Monitoring Statement
VP09 - Equality Statement
VP10 - Heritage Assessment Musbury
VP11 - Vitality Assessment
VP12 - Greendale and Hill Barton Expansion Assessment
VP13 - Beer Site by Site Assessment
VP14 - Broadclyst Site by Site Assessment
VP15 - Clyst St Mary Site by Site Assessment
VP16 - Colyton Site by Site Assessment
VP17 - East Budleigh Site by Site Assessment
VP18 - Feniton Site by Site Assessment
VP19 - Kilmington Site by Site Assessment
VP20 - Musbury Site by Site Assessment
VP21 - Newton Poppleford Site by Site Assessment
VP22 - Sidbury Site by Site Assessment 
VP23 - West Hill Site by Site Assessment
VP24 - Uplyme Site by Site Assessment
VP25 - Whimple Site by Site Assessment
VP26 - Woodbury Site by Site Assessment
VP27 - Local Plan Final Adopted Plan April 2016
VP28 - Inspector's Report
VP29 - Map Booklet
VP30 - Housing Monitoring update to 30 September 2016
VP31 - East Devon Local Development Scheme July 2017
VP32 - Local Plan Schedule of Changes March 2015

Comments made on the proposed submission plan.