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.

(some information ref: Wikipedia)

 

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Planning Applications

Planning Applications (432)

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

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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Royal Visitors to attend Gate to Plate in Honiton on 18th July!

Great excitement as it’s announced that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend Honiton Gate to Plate on Wednesday 18 July

The Royal couple will meet some of the 60 fine food and craft producers at the free-to-attend event

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Honiton Gate to Plate event on Wednesday 18 July, Clarence House has announced today (Friday July 13).

The news has been warmly welcomed by East Devon District Council Leader Cllr Ian Thomas who said that the Royal couple’s visit to the Honiton fine food and craft event acknowledges the vital role that food and craft producers play in the economy of the district, and to Devon as a whole.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted that Their Royal Highnesses have chosen to visit the inaugural Gate to Plate event. They will see some of the most innovative and creative food and craft producers in our region, and I’m sure they will be as impressed with the quality and diversity of these small businesses as I am.”

The Royal couple will tour the event where around 60 of Devon’s finest food and craft producers will line the High Street of Honiton to showcase their wares.

The free-to-attend celebration of some of the county and district’s most outstanding businesses is a fantastic opportunity for people to come see, come try, come buy, as the traders will be bringing along samples of the highest quality local food and drink for people to taste.

From traditional fare to the most creative – there’s something for everyone to taste and buy at this huge market which organisers hope will become an annual event for the town. 

Entertainment on the day will include Honiton Town Band, Honiton Youth Orchestra and the childrens’ choir from Honiton’s Littletown Primary Academy School. The event is being organised by East Devon District Council who are supported by Honiton Town Council and Taste of the West, the largest independent regional food group in the UK.

Diversions on the day will be in place in the town from 6am to 6pm and the event will be open from 9am to 4.30pm.

If you’re travelling by car, free parking is available at St Rita’s off Ottery Moor Lane and further down at Honiton Business Park and Tesco car park (limited to a specific area). A shuttle bus service will regularly run to and from the town centre from these three free car parking sites. There is a further free parking area at Allhallows Rugby Club ground which is within walking distance of the event. Special thanks to Otter View Farm for providing the St Rita’s site.

Pay-for-parking car parks are available at Silver Street, Lace Walk, Thelma Hulbert, King Street, New Street North and New Street South.

There’s plenty of ways to get to Honiton other than by car too. You can arrive by train on the Exeter-London Waterlook link; National Express runs coaches from Plymouth to Honiton; a Megabus service operates from Exeter to Honiton and a variety of Stagecoach and Dartline bus services operate in the area too.

Participants include Bees Knees, Branscombe Vale Brewery Limited, Cathy's Bakehouse, Celene's Cakes & Sugarcraft, Chloe Morter Design, Coastal Craft Collective / Freespirit, Coffee Factory LTD, Coldharbour Farm Shop, Common Loaf, Dalwood Vineyard, Deer Park, Denhay Farms Ltd, Devon Fish Cakes and Devon Orchards.

Eat the Smoke, Ebb Tides, Fancy That Caribbean Food, Find And Foster Fine Ciders, Flapjackery, Four Elms Fruit Farm Limited, Fowlers Farm Eggs, Frandie Macaron Ltd, Georgie Porgies Puddings Ltd, GreenBee Entomology, Hillview Floristry, Honiton Chocolate Company, Janvil Dairy Goats, KLA Foods (curry pies) and LittlePod Ltd.

Maddocks Farm Organics, Mike Rowland & Son, Natural Branscombe/In my Back Yard, Norcotts, Cider – CN Drinks Ltd, Norma Walton’s Little Birds, Old Wolford Farm/Rusty Pig, Otter Brewery, Otter Vale Products, Otter Valley Dairy Ltd, Porkies - Meat Products, Powderkeg Brewery, Random Cottage and Rebel Town Pizza.

Ross Penwill, Stanburys, Sweetlands Country Fayre, Taste of Sidmouth, The Bloomberry Juice Company Limited, The Earl of Gravy Dumpling House, The Pig at Combe,  Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Trill Farm, Ventons Devons Cyder, West Country Farm Produce / Awestruck Country Quail and Yawl Spring/Oddfellows.

Charity stalls will also be there and include Allhallows Museum (Honiton Lace), Health and Local Food for Families, Action East Devon, the Honiton Memory Café, Devon Freewheelers, and Honiton Health Matters.

Cllr Phil Twiss, East Devon District Council ward member for Honiton said that excitement was building in the town for the big day. “We’re thrilled that The Prince and The Duchess are visiting the town. It will be a very memorable day for all those attending and for all of the fantastic stallholders taking part. Certainly a day not to be missed!”

Mark Tredwin, Town Clerk for Honiton Town Council, added: “We are looking forward to providing a warm welcome to all of our visitors on the day but especially the Royal couple.”

John Sheaves, Chief Executive of Taste of the West, said: “We are delighted to be part of the organising team here in East Devon to welcome our very own patron HRH The Prince of Wales to Honiton.  We know that His Royal Highness will enjoy our showcase of fantastic food and crafts stalls.”

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18th July - See, Try & Buy at Honiton's Gate to Plate

60 Stalls will line the East Devon town’s High Street for inaugural event 

Sixty of Devon’s finest food and craft producers will be lining the High Street of Honiton on Wednesday 18 July to showcase their wares at the first-ever Honiton Gate to Plate event.

The free-to-attend celebration of some of the county and district’s most outstanding businesses is a fantastic opportunity for people to come see, come try, come buy, as the traders will be bringing along samples of the highest quality local food and drink for people to taste.

From traditional fare to the most creative – there’s something for everyone to taste and buy at this huge market which organisers hope will become an annual event for the town.

From great bakes and cakes, to cheeses and cider, there’s sauces, fine honey and marmalade, organic meats and fish produce, chocolate truffles and home-made ice cream and even edible flowers to name just a few of the food businesses attending. And how about trying some children’s edible insect snack bars and seaweed too! Crafts will include a potter, a wheelwright, framed embroideries, prints and cards and hand sewn gifts for sale.

We’re expecting two very special VIPs who will be announced a few days before the event and entertainment on the day will include Honiton Town Band and the childrens’ choir from Honiton’s Littletown Primary Academy School. The event is being organised by East Devon District Council who are supported by Honiton Town Council and Taste of the West, the largest independent regional food group in the UK.

Participants include Bees Knees, Beyond Sauce Limited, Branscombe Vale Brewery Limited, Cathy’s Bake House, Celene's Cakes & Sugarcraft, Cheesy Rinders, Chloe Morter Design, Coastal Craft Collective / Freespirit, Coffee Factory Ltd, Coldharbour Farm Shop, Common Loaf, Dalwood Vineyard, Deer Park, Denhay Farms Ltd, Devon Spotted Pig & Fine Country Lifestyle, Earl of Gravy Dumpling House, Eat the Smoke, Ebb Tides and Fancy That Caribbean Food.

Find And Foster Fine Ciders, Four Elms Fruit Farm Limited, Fowlers Farm Eggs, Frandie Macaron Ltd, Georgie Porgies Puddings Ltd, GreenBee Entomology, Hillview floristry, Honiton Chocolate Company, Janvil Dairy Goats, KLA Foods (curry pies), Littlepod Ltd, LS Apiaries, Maddocks Farm organics, Mike Rowland & Son, Natural Branscombe/In my Backyard, Norcotts Cider – CN Drinks Ltd, Norma Walton’s Little Birds, Otter Vale, Otter Valley Dairy Ltd, Porkies - Meat Products and Powderkeg Brewery.

Random Cottage, Rebel Town Pizza, Rosemary Jacks, Sweetlands Country Fayre, Taste of Sidmouth, The Bloomberry Juice Company Limited, The Pig at Combe, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Trill Farm, Ventons Devon Cyder, and West Country Farm Produce / Awestruck Country Quail. Charity stalls will also be there and include Allhallows Museum (Honiton Lace), the Honiton Memory Café and the Honiton Health Matters.

Diversions on the day will be in place in the town from 6am to 6pm and the event will be open from 9am to 4.30pm.

If you’re travelling by car, free parking is available at St Rita’s off Ottery Moor Lane and further down at Honiton Business Park and Tesco car park (limited to a specific area). A shuttle bus service will regularly run to and from the town centre from these three free car parking sites. There is a further free parking area at Allhallows Rugby Club ground which is within walking distance of the event. Special thanks to Otter View Farm for providing the St Rita’s site.

Pay-for-parking car parks are available at Silver Street, Lace Walk, Thelma Hulbert, King Street, New Street North and New Street South.

There’s plenty of ways to get to Honiton other by car too. You can arrive by train on the Exeter-London Waterlook link; National Express runs coaches from Plymouth to Honiton; a Megabus service operates from Exeter to Honiton and a variety of Stagecoach and Dartline bus services operate in the area too.

Cllr Ian Thomas, the Leader of East Devon District Council, said: “East Devon is fortunate to have such a wealth of wonderful – and in some cases, award-winning - food producers and artisans and I think we have managed to bring most of them together in the same place for Honiton Gate to Plate on July 18. It’s going to be a fabulous event, with something for everyone.”

Mark Tredwin, Town Clerk for Honiton Town Council, said that the town is looking forward to welcoming many visitors to the event. “It doesn’t matter if you are from Honiton, Hull or Houston - everybody who comes can be assured of a warm welcome with plenty of food and drink to sample and take home. We are very grateful that such a fantastic group of participants have agreed to come along and show what the area can produce.”

John Sheaves, Chief Executive of Taste of the West, said: “Having lived here all my life, and seen the transformation in this area to a wonderful vibrant region, I am looking forward to a fantastic creative celebration in the food and craft world, and all from Devon.”

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***Weather Update*** advice still not to travel....

The weather situation remains poor in East Devon and advice remains that we should not travel unless absolutely essential.

More bad weather expected...

Met Office Amber and Yellow warnings from yesterday have now expired, but have been replaced by a further Yellow warning of snow and ice. A further 3-5cm is possible with up to 10cm on higher ground. This further snow will be accompanied by high winds.

Out and about, very major roads are open, but beyond that many minor roads are impassable. This is likely to affect rural communities for several days.

To confirm, advice remains that we should not travel.

East Devon District Council Offices

East Devon District Council Offices will remain closed today to ensure staff safety, based on advice from the Police, Highways and disrupted public transport services. Many of our staff are working from home using the IT equipment we now use to allow multilocation working.

Whilst our repairs and gas contractors are busy maintaining an emergency service. We have establised a remote call handling service to ensure that our tenants can still report emergency repair requirements to the council. We are similalry working to continue to support our vulnerable tenants.

Refuse and Recycling

Refuse and recycling services were again suspended early this morning to ensure the safety of our Suez crews. It is possible that a service may be resumed tomorrow (Saturday) which would prioritise refuse, clinical waste and bulky collections.

If your recycling has not yet been collected, we ask that it is brought in and represented next week. (This will apply to part of Thursdays schedule and all of that Friday).

Thanks to everyone who is helping maintain essential services at this challenging time.

Ian Thomas

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Aiming High - Delivering better housing opportunities for all in East Devon...

New approved Housing Service Plan will help housing authority, East Devon District Council, meet both affordable housing and private sector challenges  


East Devon District Council’s Housing Review Board has made a series of decisions to improve housing opportunities for council tenants and anyone seeking good quality, affordable housing in the district. Housing is a high priority for the council, which is working hard to deliver its goal of providing a range of decent homes to meet the needs of everyone.

The Housing Review Board has approved an ambitious Housing Service Plan, which sets out the council’s aspirations for housing over the next year, as well as the likely challenges it will face as a housing authority.

Changes in April to homeless legislation is one of the major challenges that East Devon is preparing for. It will do this by increasing resources in the Housing Options team, as well as by improving the rent deposit/bond scheme to assist households access the private rented sector.

A further challenge is to ensure that council tenants are fully supported as the Government introduces Universal Credit in East Devon. The council is keen that tenants are able to claim the benefit they are entitled to, which will enable them to continue to pay their rent.

The Board also approved the budget for next year’s income and expenditure on council homes. This included finance for the acquisition of 26 new council homes to be let at affordable rents, and over £8 million to improve and maintain the council’s 4,300 council homes. Programmes for upgrading kitchens, bathrooms, electrics, etc. were agreed to ensure that council homes provide good quality accommodation for tenants. In addition, the council is ensuring that sufficient funds are provided for fire safety, gas and electrical checks, day to day repairs and the management of tenancies.

Over the past year (2017-2018), East Devon’s Housing Service has delivered a formidable number of achievements that link to the council’s ‘encouraging communities to be outstanding’ priority.

Highlights include:
• The completion of an asbestos removal programme to improve fire safety standards
• Using Right to Buy receipts to acquire 26 properties to add to our council housing stock
• Maintained rent collection 99.8% of rent due
• Supported and organised an ongoing series of community and tenants events
• Maintained high levels of homeless prevention
• Replaced two passenger lifts in East Devon’s two largest sheltered housing blocks of flats
• Installed 130 new kitchens and 140 new bathrooms
• Established a Honiton based mental health support group
• Increased working with Countryside and StreetScene services
• Organised ongoing mental health workshops in Sidmouth as part of a three year project
• Planted community orchards in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Axminster
• Organised community festivals in Axminster, Littleham and Honiton

Cllr Pauline Stott, Chair of the Housing Review Board said:

“This is an exciting time for housing at East Devon as we have just agreed a plan and budget showing that we are investing more into housing in the district in order to achieve our ambitions for our residents. We are working closely with our tenants to deliver the housing service they desire with tenants on our Housing Review Board helping us make decisions that affect their homes. On the agenda at our last meeting we had reports on a wide range of matters that impact on tenants, including our arrangements to maintain tenants’ homes to a high standard and it is valuable to have tenant board members involved in decisions that affect them.”

Cllr Jill Elson, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for Homes and Sustainable Communities said:

“We have a proud record of investing in our housing stock for the benefit of our tenants and we make great efforts to ensure that tenants living in the private sector have suitable standards of accommodation. Listing our achievements has been a valuable exercise and is encouraging us to achieve even more in difficult circumstances in the year to come. We are continuously improving our housing services and it is my long held desire to increase our housing stock each year by acquiring or building new homes that can be let at affordable rents.

“Our performance and benchmarking data included in the Housing Review Board agenda shows impressive levels of service delivery, but we are always striving to do better and will not rest on our laurels.”

For further information about East Devon District Council’s housing policies and strategies, please visit the housing pages on the East Devon website http://eastdevon.gov.uk/housing/information-about-the-housing-service/

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