1. East Devon Heritage and Local Heritage Assets
Our District is a place with a rich historic environment and abundance of heritage assets, which have helped to shape its distinctive character and identity. Our heritage assets, which are valued parts of the historic environment, are an irreplaceable resource that provide significant social, economic and environmental benefits for East Devon. It is important that we set out a positive strategy for their conservation and enjoyment, for this and future generations.
In East Devon we are fortunate to have over 3200 assets of significant architectural and historic importance that are listed nationally. These include Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens, Conservation Areas and a World Heritage Site Coastline. We also have a wealth of heritage assets of more local interest in our towns, villages and countryside that contribute to the special character of their locality.
East Devon Heritage Strategy (2019 - 2031)
We have recently produced a Heritage Strategy (2019 – 2031) for the District. This presents a summary of our heritage, its significance, its management and its benefits, with a 12 year action plan for the delivery of our recommendations. The strategy was adopted in March 2019 following a public consultation and can be viewed or printed here.
East Devon Guide to the Listing of Local Heritage Assets
It is often the features that are not significant on a national scale that make the biggest contribution to the distinctiveness of a local area. Some of these local, or ‘undesignated’ heritage assets may meet the criteria to be placed on a list of local heritage assets. This can have a positive effect on the planning process and be beneficial for local places and communities.
We have recently produced a Guide to the Listing of Local Heritage Assets which is intended to help local communities identify and assess features of character with a local heritage value. The guide was adopted in June 2019 following a public consultation and can be viewed or printed here.
A pilot scheme involving local people in their built heritage was launched in East Budleigh this October. It is part of the East Devon Heritage Strategy for 2019 – 2031.
The project aims to build knowledge and skills amongst volunteers to help manage, protect and enhance the heritage assets of their area, bringing many benefits. Initial training was provided for 14 people, including members of the Otter Valley and Sid Vale Associations and East Budleigh Parish Council.
There was excellent feedback from the event, with all participants reporting an improvement in their knowledge and understanding of Conservation Areas. Volunteers commented that the training was enjoyable, informative and inspirational. Further training and activities are planned over the next three months and we hope to roll out the scheme to other areas.
Many partners have made the project possible, with funding from the East Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund and the Norman Family Trust, with support from the Otter Valley Association.
The following links provide more information and guidance on heritage in England, the South West and Devon.
Historic England Reports and Advice Notes: