Mid Devon

Underwater Photographer Kyle makes a Splash with Samaritans

If you think all charity shops are the same, think again - the Samaritans’ store in Sidmouth is not only a successful fund-raising outlet but it’s also a unique showcase for some of the area’s best artistic talents.

The shop, located in a former bank building, reopened from lockdown last month and within three weeks had attracted 700 paying customers, providing much-needed financial...

Rows of solar panels in a field

Decision on controversial plans for Devon’s largest solar farm delayed pending site visit

A special meeting of Mid Devon’s Planning Committee was held remotely on the 31st March to consider a proposal to construct a massive solar farm with battery storage near the village of Langford.

About fifty members of the public, who object to plans for the biggest solar farm in Devon, attended the meeting to hear a report by the council’s Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration...

New homes in the East Devon town of Cranbrook

Devon is building a third more houses than it has to according to government figures, says countryside charity

Devon’s Local Planning Authorities - with the exception of Torbay - have over-delivered on housing for the last five years, according to the government’s own figures.

Devon CPRE’s analysis of the 2020 Housing Delivery Test shows the county as a whole has delivered 30% more new homes than it was required to over a five-year period, in effect building 6,332 more houses than it had to....

CPRE Devon criticises ‘planning by stealth’ as county council approves massive expansion of Mid Devon anaerobic digester plant

The Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE is dismayed at the decision by Devon County Council to approve a massive expansion of a Mid Devon anaerobic digester plant, Willand Biogas, effectively permitting it to handle almost five times the original amount of feedstock.

The plant, sited next to the abattoir in Willand, was originally approved to take abattoir waste, together with...

New look for South Devon tourism

Visit South Devon has today unveiled a new look brand and refreshed website for tourism in South Devon, embracing tourism businesses and destinations across East Devon, Mid Devon, Teignbridge and South Hams. Created following its merger with Heart of Devon, the new brand, developed by Exeter brand agency, ‘Believe in’, is designed to create an evocative link between the shores and countryside...