Comments invited on East Devon Villages Plan

PUBLISHED: 15:02 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:10 03 January 2018

The Villages Plan covers will establish Built-up Area Boundaries for communities like Uplyme . Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The Villages Plan covers will establish Built-up Area Boundaries for communities like Uplyme . Picture: CHRIS CARSON


District council consultation will run until Friday, February 2.

East Devon District Council is asking the public for its views on proposed changes to its Villages Plan.

The deadline for comments is Friday, February 2.

The Villages Plan covers some of the larger villages in East Devon and the town of Colyton and shows the areas where new housing will be acceptable in principle - known as Built-up Area Boundaries.

The consultation follows hearings during November where an independent inspector examined the plan and heard evidence from council officers and interested parties.

The inspector has asked East Devon to consult on the proposed changes and all comments from the public will be sent to the inspector for consideration before she finalises her report which is expected to be published in the spring.

The modifications include additional policies that clearly link the maps shown in the Villages Plan back to the policies of the East Devon Local Plan, which was adopted in 2015.

Modifications include additional wording to the ‘vitality’ policies proposed for the town/village centres at Colyton and Beer, a monitoring table and amendments to the text for Kilmington and Musbury to help protect the historic environment.

The consultation signals one of the final stages in preparing the Villages Plan, which will 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. Outside the black line, further development would only be acceptable in special circumstances. The public is being asked to comment on the modifications and the updated Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment.

The Proposed Submission Villages Plan and all of the supporting documents can be viewed at

The adopted East Devon Local Plan can be viewed at

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