Devon CPRE backs Marsh Green residents as they fight solar farm developer at a public inquiry

The small rural community of Marsh Green in East Devon will be taking on the might of a solar farm developer, with the backing of the Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE, at a public inquiry scheduled to start on Tuesday 12 September.

East Devon’s planning committee refused permission last December for a 30MW solar farm of 60,000 solar panels on 218 acres of land across 27...

Will new homes continue to concrete over the countryside?

Devon CPRE responds to PM's vow not to 'concrete over the countryside' for housing

Devon CPRE, the local branch of the countryside charity, has campaigned for many years for the right type and number of new homes to be built in the right places at prices local people can afford.

Responding to new housebuilding plans announced by PM Rishi Sunak and Housing Secretary Michael Gove, Devon CPRE Director Penny Mills said: “While it’s heartening to hear Mr Sunak promise not...

Plans for Affordable Homes at Post Hill Given the Go Ahead

Proposals to add 70 homes to Mid Devon District Council’s housing stock have been given the go ahead.

Members voted unanimously to approve plans (subject to signed Section 106 legal agreement) to build the affordable homes at Post Hill, Tiverton, which will be retained by the council.

The homes will be built to Passivhaus standards which is an international energy...

Local housebuilder on recruitment drive following growth

Barratt and David Wilson Homes Exeter is celebrating a surge of interest in jobs at the firm following a period of strong growth and expansion for the UK’s leading housebuilder which is building new communities throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

The 5-star housebuilder recently held a successful and well-attended recruitment event at The Devon Hotel in Exeter, with roles...

The development site for 59 new homes at Chivenor Cross, for which permission was granted on appeal

Dismay after housing application in North Devon refused by the Council is allowed on appeal

Devon CPRE has voiced its utter dismay that a planning application for 59 new houses near Braunton, which North Devon District Council refused earlier this year, has now been allowed on appeal.

In February, the Devon branch of the countryside charity was pleased that North Devon’s planning committee had emphatically refused permission for more new homes at Chivenor Cross. Councillors...

Taylor Wimpey planning application for new Cullompton development approved

Taylor Wimpey Exeter will be creating a new community in Cullompton this year after its reserved matters planning application was approved by Mid Devon District Council.

The development, which will be called Culm Valley Park , will comprise 105 homes, as well as a new nature trail park for the community, with around 40% of the total site offering open space to the people of...

East Devon propose £40m investment fund for Cranbrook as town centre moves a step closer

A special meeting of East Devon District Council’s Cabinet focused solely on Cranbrook has considered a package of investments to support the ongoing development of the district’s newest town. This included recommending that a £40m investment fund is set up to provide much-needed facilities. Before the proposals can be taken forward, they will need to be reviewed and supported by full Council...

New sports pitches for Cullompton approved

By Ollie Heptinstall, Local Democracy Reporter.

Cullompton is to get two new all-weather sports pitches as part of a multi-use games area.

Planning permission has been approved for on Meadow Lane near Cullompton Community College. It will be used by students during daytimes, and be available for the community in the evenings and on Saturdays.

The pitches, with eight...

Photovoltaic solar panels against the sky

Devon's countryside charity dismayed at approval for the county's biggest solar farm to date

Devon CPRE is dismayed that plans for yet another massive solar farm - the largest so far in Devon - were today unanimously approved by North Devon's planning committee.

An application submitted by ND Solar Enterprises Ltd, a shell company based in Bristol, has been given the go-ahead despite impassioned speeches from members of the local independent charity which fights to protect...

Muck on country roads caused by vehicles carrying liquid digestate to ADs  (photo: Devon CPRE)

Massive lagoon and expansion of industrial anaerobic digesters has to stop

Devon CPRE believes the expansion of anaerobic digesters (ADs) has to be curtailed to protect rural communities and the countryside, as fourteen villages and hamlets join forces to protest against development plans for an industrial-scale lagoon near Upton Pyne. This facility will act as a massive storage and distribution centre west of Exeter for liquid digestate, a by-product of ADs....