East Devon District Council

East Devon District Council

East Devon is the largest (in terms of population) of eight local government districts in Devon. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is currently based in Sidmouth, although it is currently considering a move to new premises in Honiton. The largest East Devon town is Exmouth on the eastern bank of the Exe estuary south of Exeter.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Honiton with the urban districts of Budleigh Salteron, Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth and the Rural Districts of Axminster, Honiton and part of St Thomas. 

East Devon is covered by the Parliamentary constituencies of East Devon (MP Hugo Swire - Conservative) and  Tiverton & Honiton (MP Neil Parish - Conservative).

Members are elected to East Devon District Council every four years. In the May 2011 elections, of the 59 seats, 43 were won by Conservative party candidates, 10 Liberal Democrats and 6 Independent. 9 of the Conservative candidates were elected without opposition.

Issues facing East Devon include those associated with an ageing population. The 2001 census confirmed that a third of the population in the district were over 60, compared to a national average of 24%. East Devon also had a higher number of people living in 'Medical and Care Establishments' at 1.6% compared to an average across England of just 0.9%.

The responsibilities of East Devon District Council include local planning, council housing, refuse collection, sports and leisure facilities, and street cleaning.

On some matters, the county council share responsibilities with the district and parish councils. These include economic development and regeneration, emergency planning, tourism promotion and coastal protection

Much of East Devon is covered by two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB);

The East Devon AONB, covering over 100 sq miles, runs along 18 miles of the coastal strip, and includes 29 parishes. It borders the towns of Seaton, Sidmouth and Exmouth, but includes the whole of Budleigh Salterton.

The Blackdown Hills AONB runs along the Somerset:Devon border. It covers 143 sq miles with the highest point at Staple Hill in Somerset (1,033ft above sea level). The area is sparsely populated with a strong commitment to dairy farming.

A challenge for the local community is to protect the AONB areas against inappropriate development. They enjoy the same level of protection as the National Parks of England and Wales which is designed to ensure the long term protection of the natural beauty of the district.

The entire East Devon coastline from Exmouth to the border with West Dorset (west of Lyme Regis in Uplyme) is designated as the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site. This area is listed by UNESCO as having special cultural or physical significance.

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Planning Applications

Planning Applications (419)

For ease of reference, Trinity Ward applications are listed under each of the three parishes, Axmouth, Combpyne-Rousdon and Uplyme. You can also access the East Devon District Council Online Planning Service directly by selecting the first items on this menu drop-down.

I have also included a group of Other Applications, which includes applications which lie outside the boundaries of Trinity Ward, but which may have an effect on, or be of interest to Trinity residents.

Select the group you are interested in, to see a list of relevant applications.

Select your chosen application from the list, and then click 'View Full Application Details'.

This will take you straight to the section of the East Devon District Council website which has all the details of that speciific application. If you wish to comment on that application then you can do that here, and your comments will be sent to the EDDC Planning Officer responsible.

Please note that the EDDC Planning Website is maintained by East Devon District Council.

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FAQ's (3)

This section includes the answers to general questions on planning application and policies.

As I try to improve understanding of the activities of East Devon District Council and their potential to affect our lives, a small number of questions come up all the time. I will group here such Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) logically together in topics.

Should new subjects come forward then I will add answers to this section.

From the list below choose one of the FAQ topics, then select an FAQ to read. If you have a question which is not in this section and you think would be of interest to other Trinity Ward residents and visitors please let me know.

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East Devon District Council, supports local traders with five month long cheap parking deal for all!

Temporary car parking deal in East Devon will run for five months from 1 November 2017 to 31 March 2018.
A daily parking tariff of just £2 gives access to all EDDC's 41 Pay and Display Car Parks...

Anyone planning to start their Christmas shopping early will be able to take advantage of East Devon District Council’s five-month winter parking special offer.

From 1st November 2017 until 31 March 2018, the daily parking tariff of £2 offers unbeatable value. We can take our time when shopping, as the ticket will cover the entire day, from whenever we arrive until midnight.

The revised timing is a departure from the council’s usual policy of not starting the parking offer until 10am. The council has previously been concerned that there was a risk that some of its prime car parks could become blocked by commuters, but this year it wanted to be as generous as possible and is confident that this simple offer will work well.

East Devon’s temporary tariff will not only support local shops over the run-up to Christmas, but will also help boost trade during the traditionally quieter months of January and February. It won’t just be shops that benefit either, the all-day ticket will, it is hoped, encourage people to use local cafes, restaurants and pubs and to linger longer over a cup of coffee or a meal.

The special offer tickets are available only in East Devon District Council’s 41 pay and display car parks, but does exclude Parkmobile payments and Permit Holders.

We need not be concerned if our ticket does not have an expiry time of midnight printed on it. Parking officers will be checking that the £2 has been paid, which will make our tickets valid for the rest of that day.

Tony McCollum, the chairman of Honiton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomed the extended parking offer and said:

“The offer has been a tremendous success over the past two years across East Devon. I know that traders in my local town of Honiton really benefited from the reduced parking price, which enabled shoppers to spend longer in shops and cafes. The five month reduced tariff will be a real bonus for both locals and visitors and will encourage more people to come out and spend their money. We are immensely grateful to the council for supporting East Devon businesses with this very generous car parking concession.”

Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:

“We want to support businesses in all of our town and village high streets as much as we can through the quieter winter months. All the feedback we have received from last year’s parking offer showed that it was a great success. And the really good news is that not only is the price of all day parking now just £2. You can also use the same ticket in any other East Devon pay and display car park on that day so why not take a tour around to discover something different on offer.

“The ticket will be valid right up until midnight in all of our pay and display car parks in Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Lympstone or Colyton. We know it’s a tough time for towns, so we want to do all we can to help traders and the district’s Chambers of Commerce. It will be interesting to see how the five month concession affects trade, but first I’d like to thank all our customers who took advantage of our previous offers – your custom was a big boost to the local economy.”


EDDC New Refuse & Recycling Contract approaches agreement...

At our Cabinet meeting on 16th February we considered tenders received for a seven-year contract to collect refuse and recycling across the district.
Collection of waste from our properties is probably the most valued service we provide to East Devon residents; it is also one of our greatest council costs.

Recent trials have been held in Feniton and The Colony in Exmouth. The trial included a reduction in the frequency of collection of landfill waste from two weekly to three weekly, coupled with an enhanced weekly kerbside recycling collection service. Cardboard and mixed plastics were added to the current ‘green bin’ and blue ‘food bin’ weekly service. A separate Absorbent Hygiene Products collection is from some households for dressings and similar needs.


East Devon District Council adds £5 to its Council Tax...

For the last five years, East Devon District Council has frozen its share of the Council Tax, keeping bills down for its residents while still providing first rate services.

Due to continued reductions in the central government grant to district councils, the council unanimously decided last night (Weds 24th Feb) to increase Council Tax by £5 a year for 2016/17 which amounts to less than 10p per week for the average property.

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