Greater Exeter Strategic Plan – latest housing needs figures shows East Devon bearing greatest load

As at June 2019, ast Devon to bear the brunt of new housing:

Page 10:

Countryfile presenter works out what we’ve all known for years about modern rural life!

“Countryfile host John Craven has hit out over the loss of rural services, saying the problem has left residents “socially isolated”.

He laments the disappearance of many rural shops, schools, post offices, pubs and bus routes.

He said: “In particular this has hit the rising number of pensioners who live long distances from surgeries and hospitals and maybe don’t have anyone to keep an eye on them.”

The TV veteran feels the main visual change to the countryside in the past 30 years is the swathe of “new homes on the outskirts of villages.”

But he voiced his concern that there have not been “enough affordable ones to stop young country folk migrating to towns”.

The long-running series’ presenter also told BBC Countryfile Magazine: “No matter what happens over Brexit, I worry for the future of UK food production.”

With just 60% of Britain’s food currently home-grown, he warned: “It’s vital that we step up our level of self-sufficiency and improve our exports.

“Most farmers are middle-aged to elderly and over the years so many sons and daughters have told me they have no interest in taking over from their parents.

“So we’ll need more young recruits from non-farming backgrounds if future food demands are to be met.

“Politicians must face up to this or the UK will be forced to rely increasingly on imports.”

The ex-Newsround host, 78, also said “one joy of being at BBC Countryfile Live every August is to be regarded as a friend by folk I’ve never met before”.

Housing numbers: government targets are NOT set in stone

Letter from Department of Communities and Local Government to Teignbridge Council, which queried its raised target:

For background, see:

“House prices in Devon have risen by around £44,000 in last 12 months, stats show”

The cost of homes in Devon has risen by 3.2 per cent over the past 12 months, with the average homeowner in the county seeing their property value jump by around £44,000 in the last five years. …


Those wanting to buy in East Devon saw a slight drop in prices in May this year of 0.6 per cent, despite witnessing a 1.4 per cent rise over the last 12 months.

The latest ONS data shows the average property in the area sold for £282,602. Buyers who made their first step onto the property ladder in East Devon in May also spent an average of £217,225 – around £37,000 more than it would have cost them five years ago.

A total of 3,031 homes were sold in East Devon, five per cent fewer than in the previous year – according to the data for between April last year and March this year.

The average homeowner in East Devon will have seen their property jump in value by around £50,000 in the last five years.”

New housing minister has great credentials …. not!

In addition to having 3 expensive homes (but calling himself ‘an ordinary businessman’) Jenrick has other “qualities” to recommend him, not least ANOTHER auctioneer a la Swire -and also a residency in Moscow! Perhaps he got some housing ideas there ..

“Robert Jenrick has been appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in Boris Johnson’s first Cabinet.

Jenrick was elected Conservative MP for Newark in June 2014 and has served as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury since January 2018.

His previous roles have included acting as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

He replaces James Brokenshire who yesterday announced he was returning to the backbenches.

Jenrick studied History at St John’s College, Cambridge and was Thouron Fellow in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and practised corporate law at international law firms in London and Moscow. He then went on to have a career in business, notably at Christie’s, the art business. …”

“Ministers pledge to end ‘poor doors’ in new build housing”

Owl says: What they won’t donis stop developers from siting (the very little) affordable housing in “ghetto blocks” on the worst parts of their developments (by main roads, poor views, etc) when the housing is supposed to be “mixed” so that doesn’t happen. Why? Because planners don’t check it is happening – turning blind eyes.

“Ministers have pledged to put an end to the use of so-called “poor doors” in housing developments in England.

The separate entrances for social housing tenants living in new builds “stigmatise” and divide them from private residents, the government said.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said he had been “appalled” by the examples of segregation he had seen.

Under the new measures, planning guidance is to be toughened in a bid to create more inclusive developments. …”