Last month's District Council Strategic Planning Committee considered its heritage strategy:
Futures Forum: East Devon Heritage Strategy and Local List of Heritage Assets >>> report for strategic planning cttee
The 'draft minutes' have just been published:
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Interestingly, East Budleigh has been chosen as a pilot scheme - because of its relative size and because of good contacts with the Otter Valley Association.
Nevertheless, due to the intervention of Cllr David Barratt of Sidmouth, it was made clear that the Sid Vale Association would be involved in a second, larger pilot scheme:
The report presented to the committee outlined the outcome of the public consultation on
the Heritage Strategy and sought agreement to the adoption of the East Devon Heritage
Strategy 2019 – 2031, subject to amendments outlined in the report and to the
introduction of a pilot scheme for a Conservation Area review in a phased approach for
East Budleigh including the Otter Valley Association.
The Service Lead, Planning Strategy and Development Management advised that 34
responses to the consultation had been received from consultees including local history
and amenity groups, neighbourhood planning groups, and town and parish councils.
Members noted that the responses received were largely positive including minor
comments about detail and engagement with other groups and comments about the
timing and monitoring of the action plan. Members also noted a positive response had
been received from Historic England endorsing the strategy.
The Committee were supportive of the recommendation and comments included:
Clarification was sought about recommending East Budleigh for the pilot scheme.
In response the Service Lead, Planning Strategy and Development Management
advised East Budleigh was a typical example of a conservation area with a
community group and neighbourhood planning group that were keen to be
Clarification was sought if East Budleigh had been chosen because of its historic
association. In response the Service Lead, Planning Strategy and Development
Management confirmed this was the main reason and drew attention to the Otter
Valley Association and the Neighbourhood Planning Groups.
Clarification was sought whether the parish council was aware of the proposal. In
response the Service Lead, Planning Strategy was not able to confirm but advised
the Policy Team had liaised with all the community groups.
Clarification was sought on the Sid Vale Association’s interest on the pilot scheme
and whether two schemes could be run at the same time. The Service Lead,
Planning Strategy and Development Management advised he was aware there
had been interest but wanted to use a smaller town for the pilot to learn from;
The need for an additional planning officer to help undertake the task. In
response the Chief Executive confirmed that additional staff resources were not
The need to protect heritage;
The need to engage with national bodies including The National Trust;
1. That the East Devon Heritage Strategy 2019 – 2031 as detailed in this report be
2. That the pilot scheme for a Conservation Area review for East Budleigh including
the Otter Valley Association as described in the Heritage Strategy be approved.
Printed minutes 26th-Mar-2019 10.00 Strategic Planning Committee.pdf