Mid Devon Local Plan Review Examination

Posted on: 18 September 2018

The first Public hearings for the examination of the Mid Devon Local Plan Review take place 20 and 21 September 2018 and mark an important step forward towards having a new blue-print for future planning of new homes, jobs and other development.

These examination hearings will focus on the Council’s proposals for development at Junction 27, and also at land adjacent to Blundell’s Road, Tiverton and at Higher Town, Sampford Peverell.

The examination hearings will take place in the Crystal Suite at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, starting at 10am. They will be open to the public to attend, but only people invited by the Inspector will be able to participate.

Further information about the examination hearings is published on the Council’s Local Plan Review Examination webpage.

Tourism, leisure and retail proposals at Junction 27

The Council wishes to improve what Mid Devon can offer for visitors to the area and boost the local economy. Land at Junction 27 provides a unique opportunity for a new tourist and leisure attraction close to the M5 motorway and mainline railway, including a potential agronomy visitor centre and surf lagoon, together with a designer outlet shopping village and hotels.

The examination hearings on the 20th September will focus on the need for the proposed development and how the provision of new outlet shopping in this location will not harm town centres.

Land at Junction 27 has been subject to developer interest for many years, with the Council now keen to bring into fruition proposals that will help create new jobs and increase visitor spending in Mid Devon.

60 new homes at Sampford Peverell and 200 homes at Blundell’s School

The examination hearings on the 21st September will focus to two proposed sites for new homes at Higher Town, Sampford Peverell (‘SP2’) and at Blundell’s School (‘TIV16’). The additional homes are needed as a result of new jobs provided through development at Junction 27.

Planners have looked at a range of potential sites through the Local Plan Review. The two sites chosen represent the most sustainable options after the Council has considered their accessibility, impact on heritage and landscape and the proximity of local shops, schools and other services. The site at Blundell’s School will also help reduce flood risk and clear up a polluted brownfield site. It will also help safeguard the route for a future new road that can reduce traffic passing by Blundell’s School.

The Council will explain to the Inspector why the two sites have been included in the Local Plan review.

The hearings on 21 September will start at 10am for ‘SP2’ Higher Town, Sampford Peverell, with ‘TIV16’ Blundell’s School following after 2pm that day.

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