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 (398)

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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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.


Four new Enterprise Zone locations in East Devon!

East Devon District Council is celebrating following George Osborne’s announcement that their joint bid with Sedgemoor District Council  for enterprise zone status was approved.

The enterprise zone bid, which was approved yesterday (Wednesday 25 November 2015) as part of the Autumn Statement, comprises of five sites across two locations in the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership area, 4 in East Devon and 1 near Bridgwater in Sedgemoor.


1% cut in rents means a £7 million cut in income for EDDC over next four years

In his recent Budget George Osborne announced Government proposals for a 1% reduction in council house rents each year for the next four years. This might appear attractive at first sight to East Devon District Council tenants, but will mean a £7 million cut in East Devon District Council income by 2019/20.

Personally, I believe that this proposal is illconceived and, coupled with the promotion of tenants 'right to buy' reported elsewhere,  risks making the economics of entending delivery of additional local authority housing untenable. This makes an overall reduction in council housing stock a real possibility at a time when we are striving to increase housing availability.

The council is now seeking urgent meetings with its MPs Hugo Swire and Neil Parish to seek their support in pressing for the compulsory 1% rent cut announced in the Budget to be scrapped.

A major challenge facing East Devon District Council is the provision of more truly affordable housing for local people. The Council is already landlord of 4,245 council homes, with its social rents, at less than £82 a week, already well below equivalent affordable rents charged by most Registered Housing Providers.

I believe that direct Council housing provision is probably the best possible option to deliver 'truly' affordable housing for those local people in need. This can only happen with proper investment planning for new development, which cannot be achieved without confidence in central government actions. 

My colleague Cllr Jill Elson, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Homes and Communities confirmed, at the Full Council meeting last evening (29th July), that the £7 million cut in income over the next four years will hit the council’s plans to invest in maintaining its current properties and affect any plans to buy or build new council homes.

She said:

“While a 1% reduction may seem good news for existing tenants, we may not be able to carry out the kind of maintenance on properties as we do now. We have invested £9 million each year on the repair and improvement of tenant’s homes over the last three years. It would also affect our future tenants too, as the £7 million rent income we are at risk of losing, equates to being able to provide 66 new affordable homes assuming £120,000 per home.”

East Devon, along with other local authorities who have housing stock, has a thirty year business plan to ensure that it is able to maintain its properties. The 1% rent cut could mean East Devon’s ring-fenced Housing Revenue Account would reduce by £77.2 million over the next three decades. This loss of income makes the business plan unviable.

The proposal is particularly unwelcome as the government required East Devon District Council to take on £84.5 million of debt in 2012 in return for freedoms and flexibilities to run its council housing free from government interference. The debt was based on the government’s assessment of income and expenditure over thirty years, yet just three years into that arrangement, central government is proposing to fundamentally “move the goalposts”. If it truly believes in the need to provide appropriate levels of suitable housing, this step would appear fundamentally at odds with that objective.

I am adding my full support to Jill in urging the Government to reconsider the policy, which is short sighted and has tough consequences on we as a council and our tenants. We need to secure a more effective balance between the needs of present and future tenants in the longer term.

The council is hoping to meet with MPs in the next few weeks. I hope that our MP's will recognise the folly of this proposal and seek to have it reversed. Not to do so will severely restrict our ability to properly house all our residents.

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