AND another consultation: Villages, small towns and their built-up boundaries – yep, another cart that went before horse!

Recall that, with no consultation whatsoever, built-up boundaries for Dunkeswell and Chardstock were changed and inserted into the latest draft of the Local Plan.

Dear Sir/Madam

East Devon Villages Plan – consultation on proposed criteria for defining built-up area boundaries for villages and small towns

The council is reviewing its approach to defining its ‘Built-up Area Boundaries’ and wants your input.

We have prepared a brief paper, which is attached, that sets out what we would like to do and how you can get involved. We have also included an update paper on the Villages Plan for information.

If you have any comments on the approach set out, please write to us on or before Monday 21 September 2015 so that we can consider them before we prepare the next stage of our ‘Villages Plan’.

You can submit your views by either writing to us at Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL or sending an email to us at Please put ‘Villages Built-up Area Boundary Consultation’ in the subject box of the email or at the top of your letter. It would be helpful if you could respond to the 5 questions set out in the consultation paper.

Please contact the planning policy team on 01395 516551 if you have any queries.

Yours faithfully

Linda Renshaw (Mrs)
Senior Planning Officer

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
East Devon District Council

( 01395 571683
* Planning Policy Section, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Station Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL

Blackdown Hills broadband failure: public meeting

Friday, February 6, 2015, 6pm to 8pm In Upottery Manor Rooms EX14 9PL
(Organised by Upottery Parish Council)

Last February, Neil Parish MP said he would come back to Upottery one year later to see how broadband provision has improved. Since then Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) has designated 90% of the parish and large areas of the Blackdown Hills as “Out of Programme”. Without fast broadband rural economies will fall behind those of nearby towns which are growing by £20 for every £1 invested in broadband.

In April, CDS will sign contracts with suppliers for a Phase 2, Superfast Extension Programme, but this will leave over 100,000 people in 45,000 properties without improvement in broadband for the rest of this decade.

Come along and let your views be known.
See for more information.