What is ” countryside”? What is “sustainability”.

Is this the definitive list of “sustainable” villages in East Devon?

“Replace Strategy 27 with the following:

The following settlements vary in size and character but all offer a range of accessible services and facilities to meet many of the everyday needs of local residents and they have reasonable public transport. They will have a Built-up Area Boundary that will be designated in the East Devon Village DPD though they will not have land specifically allocated for development.

 Beer
 Broadclyst
 Clyst St Mary
 Colyton
 East Budleigh
 Feniton
 Kilmington
 Lympstone
 Musbury
 Newton Poppleford
 Sidbury
 Uplyme
 West Hill
 Whimple
 Woodbury”

Click to access appendix-1-main-modifications-2.pdf


page 48

Does this mean that highly controversial plans to extend Chardstock and Dunkeswell hits the buffers? This paragraph (page 13) suggests that places other than those listed above come under this policy:

“The countryside is defined as all those parts of the plan area that are outside the Built-up Area Boundaries and outside of site specific allocations shown on the Proposals Map. Development in the countryside will only be permitted where it is in accordance with a specific Local or Neighbourhood Plan policy that explicitly permits such development and where it would not harm the distinctive landscape, amenity and environmental qualities within which it is located, including:

1. Land form and patterns of settlement.
2. Important natural and manmade features which contribute to the local landscape character, including topography, traditional field boundaries, areas of importance for nature conservation and rural buildings.
3. The adverse disruption of a view from a public place which forms part of the distinctive character of the area or otherwise causes significant visual intrusions.”

Or is there a loophole elsewhere that the unscrupulous could exploit?