Council members have agreed for consultation a draft Heritage Strategy

East Devon District Council’s Strategic Planning Committee has agreed for consultation a draft Heritage Strategy (2019-2031) for East Devon and the council is now consulting on this important document, which brings together information on the historic environment of the district, its management and its benefits.

East Devon is a place with a rich historic environment and an abundance of heritage assets, valued by its residents and visitors alike. The district’s heritage assets, which include Conservation Areas, Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens and Listed Buildings are an irreplaceable resource that provide significant social, economic and environmental benefits for East Devon. So it is important that the council sets out a positive strategy for this and future generations.

Comments on the draft strategy, which identifies the challenges and opportunities for East Devon’s heritage and makes positive recommendations for each, for the future, are invited and welcomed. The document covers a lot of information so useful summaries are provided at the end of each theme. However, if anyone would like further explanation on the Heritage Strategy, or guidance on submitting comments, they can contact the planning policy team on 01395 517483.

The closing date for the consultation is 22 January 2019, after which the council will consider all the responses received and will then amend the document as appropriate and submit it to the East Devon District Council Strategic Planning Committee, recommending adoption. 

Councillor Helen Parr, East Devon District Council’s Design and Heritage Champion, said:

This is an important planning document which sets out a positive strategy for the conservation and enjoyment of our heritage in East Devon. The district has a rich historic environment which has helped to shape its distinctive character and identity. The strategy recommends a series of positive actions not only to carry out our statutory obligations, but to raise awareness and to work with partners and community groups more. This will help us to ensure that we conserve, enhance and celebrate our heritage to its greatest benefit.

The area’s heritage assets enrich the character of East Devon as a whole and can play a very positive role in promoting town centres for local businesses. This includes their appeal for tourists and in creating a pleasant environment where people want to live, work and invest. They can also stimulate the regeneration of areas and inspire high quality design.