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Virtual Consultation

Thankfully, the planning industry has rallied really quickly to enable this vital sector to keep rolling forwards. It hasn’t been a smooth journey of course. Council meetings have been Zoom-bombed, and we’ve all had to scramble to learn unfamiliar technologies, juggle competing demands on our time or hunt down missing information stored in the personal…

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Chief Urges Planners to Keep Making Decisions

In his last letter as Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain CBE urged Local Authorities to keep the wheels of the Planning machine turning, saying: ‘Be practical, be pragmatic and let’s plan for the recovery.’ He asked decision-makers to employ ‘all options available’, including the delegation of committee decisions where appropriate, and the use of technology-based discussions…

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Virtual Fun

Thanks to the lockdown, ‘concalls’ and ‘vid-meets’ are the new norm and, by and large, many of us in the Planning world are managing to do ‘business as usual’. However, as much progress as there has been in IT systems, infrastructure and our collective tech-savviness, operating virtually can be frustrating at times. We’ve found the…

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Seaxburh Flies High with Vistry

Our little bird is flying high! The Seaxburh logo marque contains the Saxon heraldic symbol of a martlet, a swift-like bird which is said to represent hard work and perseverance as well as the constant quest for knowledge – and adventure. So we’re delighted to announce that we’re embarking on yet another adventure – this…

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New Wessex Appointment

We are delighted to announce that we have built upon our strong relationship with property developer Wessex Investors, with the appointment as Communications Managers for Wessex Strategic, a specialist land promotion business formed jointly by Wessex Investors and Richardson. Our first task was to work with graphic designer Lathwell & Associates and web designer Cosmic…

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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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Mid Devon Local Plan Crawls Forward

It’s moving achingly slowly – but at least it is moving forwards. Mid Devon has now reported that “The Inspector has carefully considered the material contained in ED20, ED21, ED22 and ED23 and has no further questions at this stage. On that basis, the Inspector is content for the Council to publish its draft Main…

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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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What Elections Mean for SW

It was a night the Yellows glowed, the Blues became, well, blue, and the Blacks and Greens surprised even themselves. The LibDems unexpectedly took control from the Conservatives in Teignbridge. There was a big shift to an Independent/East Devon Alliance in East Devon, and the Conservatives lost big to the Independents in Torridge and to…

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