Have say on development boundaries for East Devon villages

The Villages Plan map for Beer

The Villages Plan map for Beer - Credit: Archant

Residents have eight weeks to comment on a document that will help shape where developments can take place in Sidbury, Newton Poppleford, West Hill and Beer.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Villages Plan will show a black line around the settlements called a built-up area boundary.

Within the black line, new houses will generally be acceptable, but outside they will only be acceptable in special circumstances.

The consultation gives the public an opportunity to comment on where the lines should be drawn.

EDDC’s planning policy team has used a number of criteria to help draw the lines in order to ensure a consistent approach.

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But further research has been undertaken on whether the boundaries should be reduced in those areas where it is difficult to access local services and facilities on foot. This approach is being proposed for Beer, Newton Poppleford, Uplyme and West Hill.

The Villages Plan covers East Devon’s 14 large villages and the town of Colyton.

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The consultation runs until Wednesday, September 28.

Feedback will be considered by EDDC’s strategic planning committee before a final version is produced for further consultation. It will then be submitted for review by a planning inspector.

Visit http://eastdevon.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/villages-plan/villages-plan-2016-consultation/ to view the documents and comment. They are also on display at EDDC’s Knowle HQ.

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