There has been mounting pressure on villages to take more housing since last year ... and well before:
CPRE says Devon villages under siege by developers | East Devon Watch
Report: Devon villages are “under siege” by developers | Exeter Express and Echo
Earlier in the summer, the District Council opened up consultation on what the "built up area boundary" should be for each village in its Villages Plan:
East Devon villages plan - East Devon
AND another consultation: Villages, small towns and their built-up boundaries – yep, another cart that went before horse! | East Devon Watch
However, the problem in 'defining' a 'BUAB' is that there might be a temptation to build up to those very boundaries.
As noted by the EDW blog:
Dunkeswell – also suddenly has its built up area boundary changed to facilitate development | East Devon Watch
Even then, it still might be possible to build beyond these defined boundaries:
Can I build outside the built-up area boundary? - East Devon
Including into the green belt:
Homes in AONB ‘would erode Sidmouth/Sidbury green wedge’ - News - Sidmouth Herald
There is a cross-over meanwhile, with the neighbourhood plan, within that old chestnut called the draft Local Plan:
The Local Plan circus comes to town | Susie Bond
The village of Sidbury is undergoing its own reassessment of 'where to build'.
The Town Councillors for Sidbury have a blog where they have been placing regular pieces - of late, on the proposals for housing in the village:
Sidbury Ward Town Councillors
This is the Herald's report from last week:
‘Give residents a say on Sidbury’s future’ - News - Sidmouth Herald
Meanwhile, a developer has made very specific proposals for housing in the village.
This is from the front page of this week's Herald:
Breaking news & sport in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald