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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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Designs on Dartmoor National Park

We are delighted to announce that the Dartmoor National Park Authority has commissioned our design team to produce a folder and series of information leaflets aimed at helping a wide variety of Specific Interest Groups to make the most of their visits to this stunning Devon destination. This commission adds to our rural tourism client…

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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,┬áis 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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Exciting Plans for Oliver Buildings, Barnstaple

Seaxburh was delighted to support Acorn Property Group and Wessex Investors at this weekend’s exhibition of exciting plans for the conversion and regeneration of the historic Oliver Buildings in Barnstaple. The Oliver Buildings are the final part of the Anchorwood Bank site on Barnstaple’s riverside to be developed – and Seaxburh has been there since…

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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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