Category Archive for: Wessex News

Local Development Scheme Progresses

It has been confirmed that the Mid Devon Local Plan has taken another step closer to adoption. Consultation on the main modifications is scheduled for Jan-Feb 2020, subject to approval at the Cabinet meeting on 21 November and subsequent Full Council committee meeting, and subject to the Council requesting the Inspector to recommend the main…

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GESP Delayed Again

As we predicted back in May, the much-anticipated Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP) has suffered another delay. This strategic blueprint for development around Exeter to 2040 was initially slated for adoption by June 2020. However, it was delayed after one of the partner councils – East Devon – unanimously rejected the original document in 2018.…

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Strategic Planning for Visitors to Devon

Sometimes it’s good to look down the cliff face and see how far we’ve climbed. Visit Devon’s Board and Marketing Committee met for a brain-straining but highly invigorating strategic planning day today, at the ever-hospitable University of Exeter campus. We discussed everything from challenges – including Brexit, of course – to long-term goals and quick…

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Mid Devon Local Plan – Main Hearing Dates Approaching

Local Plan Review Examination Main Hearings Following preliminary hearings in September 2018, the Inspector will conduct the Main Hearings for the Mid Devon Local Plan Review on 14, 15, 19 and 20 February 2019. The Local Plan Review will guide development in the district over a 20 year period and aims to ensure that new homes, jobs…

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Culm Garden Village Consultation Open

Public consultation on both the draft East Cullompton Masterplan SPD Issues, Opportunities and Concepts document for the Culm Garden Village (Phase 1), and the Vision and Concept document for the Village, is now open – until 1 March 2019. Staffed consultation events are to be held: Mon 4 Feb Cullompton Town Hall 4.00pm – 8.00pm Sat…

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Call for Events for English Tourism Week

English Tourism Week, which promotes holidays and leisure activities in England while celebrating those who organise them, is this year running from 30 March to 7 April. In preparation, Visit Britain and Visit England are opening up their online events platform for all in the tourism sector to submit their events to. If you are a…

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County’s Best Celebrated at Devon Tourism Awards

With our Visit Devon hat on, Seaxburh joined the best of Devon’s visitor destination and hospitality operators last night for the prestigious and glamourous 2018 Devon Tourism Awards, held over a sumptuous banquet at the wonderful Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club. Now in its ninth year, the Awards comprised 26 categories, and some 80…

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Performing Arts Get Boost in SW

Having suffered from the refocus of public funds on STEM subjects and engineering/science facilities, the Arts have had little to celebrate in the South West in recent times. That is all changing, though – and we were delighted to meet and hear the latest from Julian Morgan, chairman of Tiverton Community Arts Theatre (TCAT). In…

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Culm Garden Village Website Launched

‘Culm Garden Village’, the development proposed for the east of Cullompton, has taken another baby-step towards realisation with a website, on which information, progress updates and consultation documents will be published by Mid Devon District Council (MDDC). Twitter and Facebook profiles have also been set up (@CulmGV). This development – on a site allocated in the…

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St. Modwen Exits Firepool Development, Taunton

Within months of achieving outline planning for the Firepool mixed use scheme in Taunton, the promoter St. Modwen and the Council have parted ways. The decision has been attributed to a new commercial focus by St. Modwen on commercial/industrial and residential developments, rather than on mixed use, town centre regeneration schemes like Firepool.  Meanwhile, the…

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