East Devon District Council is consulting on a revised boundary to the Local Development Order (LDO) for District Heating Networks which was adopted by East Devon District Council on 15th July 2020.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) has two district heating networks. The development of the district heating networks is part of EDDC’s strategy to deliver large scale zero carbon development. The system is operated by the energy centre which is currently connected to the national gas main. It was always expected that the system would support decarbonisation. Initially the system was anticipated to be served by a biomass boiler, however it became evident that technology had not matured sufficiently to provide a reliable and commercially deliverable solution. A project is now being undertaken to heat the networks using heat recovery from a forthcoming Energy from Waste plant, situated in the Hill Barton Industrial estate. The connection of the district heat networks to the Energy from Waste plant will result in decarbonisation of the networks.
The LDO grants permitted development rights for underground pipes and cables and some minor above ground development for the district heating networks operating within the defined boundaries.
The LDO sets a list of limitations restricting the development which can be carried out under the order. It also specifies a list of conditions which must be met by the development. In some instances developers will need to gain written approval from the Council prior to undertaking the works.
The proposed revisions to the LDO include an additional area of land between the A30 and the A3052 in Clyst Honiton and Farringdon. An additional area of archaeological sensitivity has been defined on Map 3 of the Revised Draft LDO.
The Statement of Reasons (and addendum) explains the justification for the LDO and identifies the relevant National and Local planning policies.
The 28 day consultation will end on the 21st June 2023.
Note - The consultation period has been extended and will end on the 5th July 2023.
If you wish to make comments on the Draft Local Development Order please email
or write to; Simplified Planning Project Manager, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Honiton, EX14 1EJ by the 5th July 2023.