Category Archive for: Wessex News

Stonehenge Tunnel Gets Green Light

It seems to be SW highways announcement week! Hot on the heels of the North Devon Link Road announcement, the £1.7bn project to tunnel the A303 alongside Stonehenge has also been given the green light, two years after the planning application was submitted. As with everything on this project, the announcement by Transport Secretary Grant…

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£68m N Devon Link Rd to Start

The Department for Transport has today committed £60m of the £67.6m pot required for the much-anticipated A361 North Devon Link Road widening project, and work is expected to start shortly. This is long overdue and great news – not least because it will make it easier (and safer) for us to get to our favourite…

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Choo-choosing Sites for Metro Rail

The Devon and Somerset Metro Rail Group held a constructive Zoom meeting earlier today to progress their ambitious plans to reopen rail stations in Cullompton and Wellington, which would create new, greener commuter options to Taunton and Exeter and the wider GWR network. This follows the announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in May that…

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MDDC Local Plan Adopted

Further to the Planning Inspector’s report on 26 June, the Mid Devon Local Plan Review 2013-2033 has been adopted at a Full Council meeting tonight, including the main modifications recommended by the Inspector, and a further minor modification regarding a settlement boundary. Click here for the Mid Devon Local Plan Review 2013 to 2033 Adoption Statement. This…

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Mid Devon Local Plan Assessed as Sound

Mid Devon’s Local Plan Review 2013-33 has been assessed as sound by SoS Inspector Paul Griffiths (with some main mods). Read the Inspector’s report here: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/media/349506/local-plan-report-mdlpr-final.pdf This is great news for our clients with interests in the district such as Aviva Life & Pensions, Eden International and partners who have worked hard for five years…

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SW Responsibly Welcomes Visitors

Having been horrified to see the hordes descend on the UK’s open spaces over the last couple of weeks – not to mention the life-endangering and litter-bugging actions of the few – we’re delighted to see The National Trust, RHS Rosemoor and other responsible local outdoor attractions work out how to open safely. With the…

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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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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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