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

The Council's Submission Statement

The East Devon Villages Plan will 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.

Consultation on proposed Main Modifications

The Inspector has asked the Council to undertake a consultation on a schedule of proposed main modifications and an updated Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment incorporating the main modifications (SA/SEA).  A non-technical summary of the SA/SEA has also been prepared.

The consultation period runs from 18 December 2017 until 02 February 2018.  If you wish to comment on either the schedule of proposed main modifications or the updated SA/SEA you should:

Email or

Write to Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, The Knowle, Station Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

An updated version of the East Devon Villages Plan has been prepared to provide the context for the proposed main modifications, but it is only the schedule of proposed main modifications and the updated SA/SEA that are being consulted on and any comments should relate to these documents rather than to other parts of the plan not included in the proposed main modifications.

All representations received by 02 February 2018 will be sent to the Inspector for consideration before she prepares her final report on the plan, expected during Spring 2018.

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

Comments received on Main Modifications consultation

Please note: Uploading of comments onto the website will not be complete until the end of the consultation period when all comments are received and processed.

124 - South West Water
1101 - B M Evans, H Crespo, Mrs V Jones & Mrs J Evans
7773 - The Marine Management Organisation
6154 - South Somerset District Council
6989 - Mr P Bowler
6990 - Mr B Wilson
7282 - Mr D Cowler
7403 - Mr M Allen
7555 - Mrs S Elliott
7602 - D Cowler
7772 - C Perrett
7774 - Mr W Thomas
7776 - Greenslade Taylor Hunt


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 have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process.  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.

The Planning Regulations require that, at least 6 weeks before any hearing, all those who made comments on the East Devon Villages Plan consulted on from 22 March 2017 until 10 May 2017 were notified of the name of the Inspector and the date, time and place of hearings.

To comply with this requirement the Programme Officer sent an email where possible and a letter to those without email addresses.

Hearing Sessions

Hearing Sessions were held on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 2017 within the Council Chamber of East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL.

Matters and Issues discussed during the Hearings together with an Agenda and Programme are available.  All sessions were open to the public to observe.

Written Statements

In response to the Inspector's Matters and Issues the following additional written statements were received:

Matter 1 - Legal Compliance

East Devon District Council
Carthy, James Mr (3215)
PCL Planning for FWS Carter and Sons (7046)

Matter 2 - Overall Approach

East Devon District Council
Bowler, Peter Mr (6989)
Carthy, James Mr (3215)
Clyst St Mary Resident's Association (7731)
Historic England (329)
Historic England Statement of Common Ground with East Devon District Council
Owen, J Mrs (7149)
PCL Planning for FWS Carter and Sons (7046)
Stags for Executors of Late Alison Gardiner (7621)
West Hill Parish Council (7725)
Woodbury Salterton Residents Association (7283)

Matter 3 - Village and Town centres

East Devon District Council
Carthy, James Mr (3215)

Matter 4 - Monitoring

East Devon District Council

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
VP28A - East Devon Local Plan Main Modifications
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
VP33 - Villages Plan consultation draft 2016
VP34 - Small Towns and Villages Assessment for EDLP
VP35 - East Devon Statement of Community Involvement
VP36 - Devon County Council Minerals Plan
VP37 - Devon County Council Waste Plan
VP38 - Lympstone Neighbourhood Plan
VP39 - Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan
VP40 - East Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan
VP41 - Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan - Referendum version
VP42A - Beer Neighbourhood Plan draft 2016
VP42B - Beer Neighbourhood Plan pre-submission draft 2017

Hear01 - Local Plan policies map extract - Greendale Business Park
Hear02 - Neighbourhood Plan progress tracker chart allocation
Hear03 - Housing completions assessment 2016-2017
Hear04 - Application No. 14/1380/MOUT - delegated report
Hear05 - Application No. 16/1249/OUT - delegated report
Hear06 - Minutes of DM Committee 31.10.17
Hear07 - DM Committee 31.10.17 - Summary of decisions
Hear08 - EDDC letter to Inspector requesting main modifications

Comments made on the proposed submission plan.