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4. Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy

The Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy was adopted by the Council on Wednesday 22 February 2017 following recommendation by Strategic Planning Committee on Monday 20th February 2017.

The East Devon Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) identified a significant shortfall of sports pitches in Honiton to meet current and future demands. A key action of the PPS was therefore to assess options for where new sports pitches could be accommodated. The Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy has been produced to assess and recommend options for delivering against these identified needs.

The adopted Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy - February 2017

The adopted Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy consists of the following documents:

The Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy

Appendix 1 - Stage 1 sites

Appendix 2 - STRI Stage 1 Report

- Site assessment sheets

- Pitch assessment sheets

Appendix 3 - Stage 2 sites

Appendix 4 - Early consultee responses

Appendix 5 - STRI Stage 2 Report

- St. Rita's (HB), St. Rita's extension (H1) and (H9)

- Former Showground (H4)

- Former Manor House School (H5)

- Kings Arms Farm (H7)

Appendix 6 - Basic sustainability and suitability assessment

Appendix 7 - Recommendations plan

Appendix 8 - Honiton Development Trust plans for Tower Hill

The strategy is accompanied by the following documents:

It is important to note that the recommendations in this strategy are not a substitute for planning permission and do not mean that such proposals would necessarily gain planning permission. All planning applications are considered on their own merits against the development plan and any relevant material considerations of which this strategy would be one.

The Council is not obligated to fund or deliver any of these projects, however it will work closely with key partners towards their realisation.

Consultation on the Revised Draft Honiton Sports Strategy (November 2016)

A Revised Draft Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy, Consultation Statement (which sets out the comments received on the original draft strategy and changes made in response), Strategic Environmental Assessment(SEA)/Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report and Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) Screening Report (draft) were produced in response to comments made during the consultation on the original draft strategy in Summer 2016. Consultation on the revised draft strategy ran from Tuesday 22nd November 2016 until 5pm on Tuesday 20th December.

Responses to the consultation on the revised draft strategy are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alan Madden

All Hallows Petition (Anne Mountjoy)

Anthony and Deborah Edwards

Anthony Chew

Blackdown Hills AONB (Lisa Turner)

Chris Reynard

Clare Fay

David F Gaskell

Devon County Council Highways (Andrew Hoyle)

Devon County Council Environment (Doe Fitzsimmons)

Devon FA (Chris French)

East Devon AONB (Chris Woodruff)

Eric Short

Feniton FC (Mel Mead)

Honiton Hornets Hockey Club (Sue Stone)

Honiton Town Council (Sarah Jenkins)

Honiton Town FC (Alan Mackay)

Jane Starkey

Kathleen McKnight

Martin Holloway

Mieczyslaw Koch

Mr & Mrs Austin

Mr and Mrs B M Duffy

Mr and Mrs M Donnelly

Mrs B Madden

Mrs J O'Brien

Ms. Helen Surman, Mr. Robert Eames, Ms. Elizabeth George and Mr. Peter Tilly

N. A. Maxwell-Lawford

Natural England (Corine Dyke)

Order of Augustinian Recollects (Fr Gerald Wilson O.A.R. Prior, Fr Francis Umendia O.A.R. Prior, Bro Terence Mulvey O.A.R. House Councillor, Fr Patrick O'Hagan O.A.R., Fr Sean Flannery O.A.R., Fr Hugh Corrigan O.A.R.)

Ray Hennessy

Roderick De Voy

Rosalind Chew

South West Water (Martyn Dunn)

St. Rita's (Peter Rowan)

T. M. Jenkins

W J Ryan

A report detailing summaries of the comments received and responses to them and a proposed final draft of the strategy for adoption were considered by Strategic Planning Committee on Monday 20th February 2017.

Previous drafts

The original Draft Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy was published for consultation from Friday 27th May 2016 until 5pm on Friday 8th July 2016.