The shape of things to come in Honiton?

It is up to you as the Local Development Framework Core Strategy reaches the consultation stage.

THE future development of Honiton can be shaped by you.

After two years of work, East Devon District Council has launched a 12-week consultation over a set of proposals that could be the blueprint for development in the town for the next 15 years and beyond.

A total of 700 new homes are proposed, including developments already approved - 200 less than recommended in a region-wide report.

Up for debate are a 300 home development west of Hayne Lane and 15 hectares of new employment land nearby.

Ottery Moor Lane, the subject of Tesco’s failed bid for an Extra store, could be comprehensively developed “for mixed use” as part of a regeneration scheme.

Councillor Sara Randall Johnson, leader of the council, said: “We have listened to the very valuable public feedback in the early stages of the process and their comments have helped us to shape the latest proposals.

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“Now we want to refine the ideas still further, so that we have something that our members can debate and that we can then all sign up to.”

Work on the Local Development Framework Core Strategy has led to a preferred approach, but the district council wants residents’ views before taking the plan any further.

The council says the town centre needs enhancement and promotion, to be the focus for jobs, shops, tourism, leisure and recreation.

New developments, such as the Aldi and Lidl stores, will be required to meet their own infrastructure needs, with improvements to Turks Head junction written in to planning conditions.

Proposals for Axminster, Seaton and other areas to follow. Revisit this website.