Following the adoption of the Local Plan earlier this year … much to the relief of all of us who sought clarity in decision-making on planning in East Devon … EDDC is now working on several supporting documents which will underpin planning policy.
The main thrust of the Local Plan is that development will be focused in the West End of the district, i.e. around Cranbrook, so that residents there can easily access employment at the Science Park, Sky Park and Exeter by foot, bicycle or public transport. The second tier for development is in the larger towns in East Devon.
In addition, East Devon has identified 15 villages and small towns (Beer, Broadclyst, Clyst St Mary, Colyton, East Budleigh, Feniton, Kilmington, Lympstone, Musbury, Newton Poppleford, Sidbury, Uplyme, West Hill, Whimple and Woodbury) as offering a range of accessible services and facilities to meet many of the everyday needs of local residents, as well as reasonable public transport.
East Devon is not looking to allocate housing in these settlements and development would only be permitted where it is promoted through an adopted Neighbourhood Plan or where it is inside the built-up area boundary (BUAB).
A consultation is now underway to define the BUABs in these 15 settlements and is open to residents, landowners and developers to make their case for expansion or tightening of the boundary.
The map below shows the extent of the proposed boundary following a full assessment of sites by officers at EDDC (http://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/1821599/feniton-villages-plan-summary-july-2016.pdf; http://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/1793073/feniton-site-by-site-assessment-june-2016.pdf). The boundary is unlikely to change, unless robust evidence is put forward by those responding to the consultation.
Note that old Feniton now has no built-up area boundary, which means that it is effectively in the open countryside and development would be against policy and therefore resisted.
The closing date for the consultation is 28 September. Those wishing to comment can write to:
East Devon District Council,
Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL
or email firstname.lastname@example.org, putting ‘Villages Plan’ in the subject box.
Having studied all the submissions, officers will finalise the Villages Plan and it will be examined by a Planning Inspector before coming into force.