Feedback wanted on East Devon Villages Plan

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EAST Devon District Council (EDDC) is seeking feedback on its preferred version of the East Devon Villages Plan.

Following a previous public consultation, the council has produced a plan it hopes to submit for examination by a government inspector.

The public has until 12pm on Wednesday, May 10th 2017 to comment on the plan and the supporting documents, and all comments will be sent to the inspector.

EDDC is producing the plan to help guide decisions on where new development should take place in 15 selected larger villages, as well as the town of Colyton.

Its key purpose is to define Built-up Area Boundaries (BUABs) around the villages of Beer, Broadclyst, Clyst St Mary, East Budleigh, Feniton, Kilmington, Musbury, Newton Poppleford, Sidbury, Uplyme, West Hill, Whimple and Woodbury as well as the town of Colyton.

BUABS (drawn as a black line on the plan) show the areas within these settlements where new housing would be generally acceptable – subject to certain criteria.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “It does not, however, mean that land has been specifically allocated for development in these locations.

“Outside the black line, further development would only be acceptable in special circumstances.

“However, this does not affect residents’ ability to extend properties and doesn’t mean that houses are not part of the village in any other way.”

The plan is available online at http://eastdevon.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/villages-plan/villages-plan-2017/proposed-submission-plan-and-supporting-documents and in local libraries and the EDDC offices in Sidmouth.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, said: “We would like to hear from as many residents as possible, as their views are an important part of the process in finalising the Villages Plan, which is destined to help determine planning applications across the district.”

Chief Reporter | Started his working life on a farm before becoming a screen printer, both in Sweden. Had another career change and turned to journalism in the mid1990s. Enjoyed an internship with Alexandria Gazette Packet, Va, USA, before moving to the UK. Got a job with The Clarion in Yeovil in 1998, but moved to Axminster in 2006 and has worked on the East Devon beat since.

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