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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....

A view of open countryside beside the A30 where a retail development has been refused consent

Campaigners jubilant as Planning Inspectorate dismisses appeal for controversial Whiddon Down ‘farm shop’ development

Countryside campaigners Devon CPRE are celebrating along with local residents after they joined forces to oppose a controversial retail development on greenfield land next to the A30 near Okehampton.

In the final twist in a long-running saga, the Planning Inspectorate today announced that an appeal by the applicant Jack Mann against West Devon Borough Council’s refusal to grant...

Digging up Devon's fields for new homes

New housing algorithm will gobble up more countryside without delivering affordable homes, warns Devon CPRE

The government’s proposed new housing formula or ‘algorithm’ will fail to deliver the affordable new homes that rural communities in Devon so desperately need, according to new analysis from the countryside charity CPRE. Instead, the Government’s sweeping changes to local planning could lead to the worst of all possible worlds – the loss of more precious countryside without delivering the...

Devon CPRE - new homes on green fields in Okehampton, Devon

New housing algorithm will gobble up more countryside without delivering affordable homes, warns Devon CPRE

The government’s proposed new housing formula or ‘algorithm’ will fail to deliver the affordable new homes that rural communities in Devon so desperately need, according to a new analysis from the countryside charity CPRE. Instead, the Government’s sweeping changes to local planning could lead to the worst of all possible worlds – the loss of more precious countryside without delivering the...

Partial view of the existing Collacott solar array on land adjacent to the proposed new solar farm

CPRE Devon set to object to plans for a ‘monstrous’ solar farm - Devon’s biggest to date - straddling a major tourist route

The Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE says the proposal to build a massive solar farm between Barnstaple and Bideford in North Devon, on agricultural land adjoining the touristic route to Newquay, is nothing short of ‘monstrous’.

Bristol-based Aura Power has submitted an application to build a solar installation to the west and north-east of Litchardon Cross, sited between...

Great Torrington appeal decision raises the question: do Local Planning Authorities have any authority over planning?

Outline planning permission has been granted for a major development of new homes on farmland at Great Torrington following a Planning Inspector’s decision to allow an appeal by developer Beechcroft Land Ltd.

The developer had sought permission in 2018 for 181 homes in three fields to the south of the town, next to the existing settlement boundary and urban area. The eastern field of...

Planning proposals for new district heating network in East Devon

A local development order (LDO) is being proposed for district heating networks in the area to the east of Exeter, in and around the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone.

The LDO is a way for East Devon District Council, as the Local Planning Authority, to put in place a simplified planning system by granting planning consent for development as specified. LDOs encourage economic...

A victory for local democracy as minister quashes planning permission for controversial Whiddon Down development

Opponents are jubilant at winning an important battle to stall the development of a retail outlet and cafe in open countryside next to the A30 at Whiddon Down. The Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government has decided to quash the granting of planning permission for the site, fuelling calls for a Public Inquiry.

On appeal, London developer Jack Mann was granted...

Santander officially opens redesigned branch in Plymouth

On Tuesday 7 January 2020, Santander UK will officially open its newly redesigned branch at 157-159 Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 1JF. The new-look branch has been designed to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.

The branch will be opened by Toby Gorniak MBE and Jo Gorniak, founders and directors of local charity Street Factory CIC, who will cut the ribbon...

Planning workshop for town and parish councils

Do you sit on a town or parish council in Devon? If so, you need to know how to respond to planning proposals affecting your community. Your response, as consultees in the planning process, can significantly influence the outcome and make a real difference to what the local planning authority decides. CPRE Devon invites you to a special ‘planning workshop’ for Devon’s town and parish councils. Experienced, independent Planning Consultant, Jo Widdecombe, will guide you through the process and explain what’s important. Free admission for member organisations (up to 3 people free per member...

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