• Ottery St Mary Town Council has fixed dates for meetings at Alfington, Tipton St John and West Hill, in line with proposals for new housing under East Devon District Council’s draft Local Plan. The proposed allocations are: Alfington – five houses Tipton St John – 10 houses West Hill – 35 houses EDDC has proposed that East Devon villages grow by five percent, based on the number of [...]

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    East Devon District Council had previously ruled that Kelly Lynch, who lives just outside Tipton St John, could not continue to live in her caravan, on a small patch of land. Kelly’s grandmother, Violet Small, who died in 2004, had a ‘personal use’ permission to live in the caravan for her lifetime, on the basis that she was a gypsy. When Kelly inherited the land and the caravan from her [...]

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    The Midweek Herald reports this week that the council will be submitting a complaint against the development management committee, highlighting concerns about negotiations over the east of Honiton, recommendations of the town council being overlooked and ward members being denied permission to speak on issues affecting the town. The confusion of sites and non-listing of strategic sites will also [...]

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    Bloor Homes are to hold a public exhibition in the village to showcase their plans. As yet there is no date for the public exhibition nor is there any indication of which piece of land Bloor Homes has an interest in. I will blog when more news comes to light. It will be the fourth major application in the village since 2010.  So far, all have been rejected as they are contrary to East Devon [...]

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    In an email from SWW legal representative Alison Langmead to EDDC’s lawyers on 26 July, she spells out the consequences of building more houses in Feniton without first upgrading the sewage system. The email was in response to the Wainhomes appeal inquiry for 50 houses, which took place a couple of weeks ago. Ms Langmead’s email is technical but certain paragraphs are stark in their [...]

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    Judge Mrs Justice Lang agreed with the Save Woolley Valley Action Group (SWVAG) that Bath & North East Somerset Council had made an unlawful decision in respect of Dimbleby’s former land at Woolley Lane, Charlcombe, Bath. She said that the council had “misdirected itself in law” when it decided that 10 3.5 metre-high poultry sheds planned for the site were not [...]

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    New law changes to introduce greater openness and transparency in executive councils meetings will mean all decisions including those affecting budgets and local services will have to be taken in an open and public forum, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today. Ministers have put new regulations before Parliament that would come into force next month to extend the rights of people[...]

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    The application, lodged by Chris Down of Crealy Adventure Park, has lodged a number of amendments to plans, including a response to the charity’s concerns over breaching EU legislation, the habitats regulations. Statutory planning consultee, Natural England, which also objected on the same grounds, has now asked for an extension until the end of August, to allow for annual leave. Mr [...]

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    The Western Morning News today contains the following story…................................  Fresh questions have been raised over a district’s plans to develop swathes of employment land after a neighbouring council raised “serious concerns” that it is too much. Dorset County Council has poured oil onto the fire of a row raging around East Devon District [...]

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    The application is significant, not just to Sidmouth, but to the whole of East Devon because it is inextricably linked to the controversial proposed move of the council’s offices from Sidmouth, to Honiton. The move would mean a brand new building would have to be built at Honiton to accommodate staff and facilities. EDDC councillors have consistently claimed that the move will be cost [...]

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    In a story published in today’s Express & Echo, Peter Gilpin, said he was ‘amazed’ at the ‘inadequacy’ of the plans for leisure facilities at the new town at which around 6,500 homes are expected to be built before 2026. He said he had been in discussions with the head teacher of the town’s new primary school, St Martin’s, opening next month, but [...]

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    In a response to EDDC’s Local Plan consultation in January this year, Dorset County Council welcomes EDDC’s enthusiasm for economic growth but says it has ‘serious concerns’ about the sustainability of employment proposals in the Local Plan. Gill Smith, senior planning officer, says:  “East Devon District Council’s positive response to the need for economic [...]

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    The appeal will take the form of a public inquiry, and is expected to take around four days. Redrow Homes is challenging a refusal for 130 houses on a field next to Butts Road, which is grade 2 agricultural land. It is understood to be fifth major public inquiry appeal challenging the strategy of the new Local Plan.  A public inquiry is the most formal of all appeals and involves barristers [...]

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    BY 2026, farming in East Devon is likely to be on a completely different scale from how it is today. And that will pose a challenge to those who manage land use and the shape of development in the District – the Members and Planning Staff at EDDC. That’s the message given to an audience at Bicton College on Wednesday during a seminar organised by East Devon District Council. Experts on the [...]

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