New homes, sports centre and green space included in 10-year vision for East Devon village – as public consultation starts

Residents, businesses and visitors have until September to help shape the next decade of development in an East Devon village.

A 10-week consultation has begun to determine the Broadclyst Neighbourhood Plan, where those who care about the East Devon village can have their say on its future.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) must hold a public consultation before the plan goes before an independent examiner.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “The area, which lies at the west end of East Devon, sits next to schemes at West Clyst and Tithebarn which, in the last decade, have focused significantly on creating news homes and creating employment opportunities.

“This has significantly changed parts of the parish and brought many new residents to the area.”

EDDC added: “The plan acknowledges the on-going changes in the parish and seeks to support the area to thrive and meet the needs of all residents, whilst protecting what makes it special and stepping up to tackle the challenges posed by climate change.

“The document contains a number of policies, which includes being supportive of self-builds, affordable housing, small-scale workspaces, sustainable tourism developments, energy efficient design, and improvements to active and green travel.

“EDDC is now formally required to hold a consultation on the Broadclyst Parish Neighbourhood Plan before it goes to an independent examiner – if they decide it meets a series of basic conditions, a local community referendum will be held as soon as possible.

“And, if more than half of the electors vote in favour of the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for East Devon.”

The council said the plan recognises the changes the parish has faced in recent years, with the hundreds of homes going up in neighbouring Westclyst and nearby Tithebarn.

Comments are being taken until September 8, and includes views on proposed sites to build homes in Broadclyst, areas set out for green spaces and a sports centre.

The plan for the parish includes:

  • Three sites for housing schemes, to meet local needs.
  • Three areas for regeneration, for commercial uses.
  • One site for a new community sports hub.
  • Five areas for local green space.

Although Broadclyst is not an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it has an ‘attractive’ landscape, including woodlands, broad floodplains and agricultural fields, EDDC said.

And the village is steeped in history, with a large proportion of the parish owned by the National Trust. It has links to the Killerton Estate, and features many listed buildings.

EDDC said the core documents can be seen here, with a full set of supporting documents available to see on the Broadclyst Parish Council website.

Copies of the plan can be viewed at Clyst Vale and Pinhoe libraries, and at the EDDC offices in Honiton.

Comments can be made here online form here, or emailed to planningpolicy@eastdevon.gov.uk

Or post comments to Angela King, Planning Policy Team, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Honiton, EX14 1EJ.

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