Your views needed on Honiton’s pitch provision

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:12 19 December 2016

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Feedback is being sought from the community by East Devon District Council (EDDC) as it consults on its draft sports pitch strategy for Honiton.

The council used comments and concerns voiced by members of the public who responded to its summer consultation (between May to July 2016) on a draft Sports Pitch Strategy for Honiton to create a revised draft strategy document

A final version of the strategy will be considered for adoption by East Devon’s strategic planning committee early in 2017.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, EDDC’s portfolio holder for strategic development and partnerships, said: “We are very aware of the requirement for new sports pitches in the Honiton area, as well as improvements to existing ones, and the district-wide Pitch Provision Strategy has helped us identity where there is a need.

“I would urge the public to come forward and give us their comments on this revised strategy, which will then help us decide any further relevant amendments. “Once this strategy has been finalised we will adopt it officially as a means of planning guidance for Honiton and will use it to access grant funding to help us deliver these projects.

“In addition, the adopted strategy will be used to help decide developer contributions for new housing in the Honiton area.”

The purpose of the consultation is to help ensure that the final recommendations and the final strategy are well-evidenced and generally supported by the community.

The Honiton Sports Pitch Strategy was one of the recommendations made in the district-wide Playing Pitch Strategy, which was adopted in June 2015.

This identified issues with the supply and demand for sports pitches for football, rugby, cricket and hockey in Honiton and recommended that a subsequent strategy be developed to deliver improvements to existing pitches and new pitches to meet community needs.

The strategy proposes improvements to existing sports pitch facilities and the delivery of new sports pitches on land adjacent to St Rita’s and on the former Honiton Showground.

Delivery of the strategy will need to involve close partnership working between the council, clubs, landowners and sports governing bodies.

You can look at the official documents by clicking here.

Comments should be made by emailing: localplan@eastdevon.gov.uk or by writing to Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Station Road, Sidmouth EX10 8HL.


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