A large crowd gathered at a parish council meeting on Monday (20 February), many to make a final attempt to persuade the parish council to request no more than five houses in the village over the next 15-20 years

A public opinion survey published earlier this month, revealed that this is what the majority of residents wanted.

I was unable to attend the meeting on Monday due to a family emergency (my daughter was taken into hospital with a suspected appendicitis – it wasn’t and she is fine now fortunately).

Following around a dozen representations from residents, I understand that Aylesbeare Parish Council then made a speedy decision.  Acting chairman, John Ayres proposed a figure of five houses to be submitted to East Devon District Council’s Local Plan process, and this was supported by other councillors.

Five houses for the village is in line with East Devon District Council’s proposal for villages to grow by five per cent, based on the number of houses within built-up-area boundaries.

This number does not include ‘windfall’ or unplanned developments.

The agenda papers for the Local Plan Panel on Tuesday (28 February) already carry this amendment, which previously read 50 houses.