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The Knowledge 13 May 2016 Issue 51 2015/2016

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England: Devon

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Crime Commissioner

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‣ Grants and funding

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‣ Local Government

Association (LGA)

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‣ Rural Services Network –

East Devon Profile

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Contact us:

Democratic Services Officers

Diana Vernon 01395 517541

Amanda Coombes 01395 517543

Chris Lane 01395 517544

Debbie Meakin 01395 517540

Alethea Thompson 01395 571653

Hannah Whitfield 01395 517542


Please note meetings shaded pink are NOT open to the public

Meeting DSO Date Time Location

Development Management Committee

(Extra Ordinary meeting)

Manor Pavilion Theatre Management

Steering Committee


Tuesday 17 May

Tuesday 31 May

10:00 Council Chamber

AT Tuesday 17 May 18:30 Manor Pavilion

Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee CL Wednesday 18 May 09:30 NOT REQUIRED

‣ ANNUAL COUNCIL HW Wednesday 18 May 18:30 Council Chamber

Cabinet decisions

Members are notified of decisions from the Cabinet meeting held on 11 May 2016:

‣ Cabinet minutes

Cabinet decisions will become effective on 19 May 2016 at 9.00am unless “called in”. The published

procedure for a “call in” is on pages 145 -147 of the Council Constitution, or contact Democratic Services

for assistance or explanation. Recommendations by Cabinet to Council are not subject to “call in”.

Portfolio Holder’s decision

Decision by Portfolio Holder


Ian Thomas

Axe Valley, Exmouth and Honiton Ring and Ride Schemes

Applications for Financial Assistance

A budget of £12,620 for 2016/17 has been approved for the three East Ring Devon and profile

Ride schemes that operate in the East Devon area. This report sets out the

financial applications from the Ring and Ride Local Management Committees.

It details the income and expenditure estimates for 2016/17 for each of the

schemes, provides a summarised review of their latest financial position from

the 2014/15 annual accounts and calculates the grant award at the maximum

level utilising the previously established formulas.

Agreed: To approve the applications for financial assistance submitted by the

three Ring and Ride Local Management Committee due to contractual

obligations with Devon County Council and other Districts.

Under our Constitution a decision cannot be implemented until 9.00am 19 May 2016. If a decision

is subject to a valid Call In by members before that specified time and date it cannot be

implemented until the Scrutiny Committee has reviewed the decision. If a portfolio holder

decision is called in, the report writer will be notified of this by a democratic services officer.

Civic engagements

Thursday 19 May

Chairman to attend

President’s Lunch, Devon

County Show

Friday 20 May

Vice Chairman to attend

Mayoral Evensong Service,

Exeter Cathedral

EDDC news

‣ Read the latest news

‣ Paddle your own canoe

in East Devon

‣ New play area in Hayes

Square in Cranbrook

officially open

‣ Seaton Jurassic notches

up more than 12,000

visitors in six weeks

Enjoying Seaton Jurassic's timeship.

Credit: Matt Austin

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging

Schedule formally adopted by council

CIL charges will come into effect on 1 September 2016

As from Wednesday 20 April 2016, EDDC has formally adopted the Community Infrastructure

Levy charging schedule (CIL). The charge will come into effect on 1 September 2016, allowing

the council time to establish an internal process for the collection and administration of the

levy. It will also give applicants and developers a reasonable lead time to become aware of

the charges that will apply from that date.

The CIL is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008, which local authorities can

choose to levy on new developments in their area to help pay for infrastructure that is

needed as a result of development. The types of infrastructure that CIL is likely to be spent on

are set out in the council’s “Regulation 123 List”. But, for instance, this could include schools,

health facilities, new roads, habitat mitigation, open space and recreation facilities.

Once the charge comes into effect, most developer contributions towards off-site

infrastructure will be delivered through the CIL charge, replacing the off-site open space,

education and habitat mitigation contributions, which are currently dealt with (along with

other options) through S106 Agreements. However, S106 agreements will continue to be

used to deliver site specific infrastructure and affordable housing.

CIL charges are calculated on a per m2 basis and vary depending on the type of development

and where in East Devon the development is taking place.

In accordance with the CIL regulations and Planning Act 2008, prior to adoption, the charging

schedule underwent extensive public consultation and was submitted for examination to an

independent inspector, Mr Anthony Thickett. A key test of the examination was to ensure

that the charges proposed in the charging schedule did not put development of the area as a

whole or the delivery of the Local Plan at risk.

CIL charging schedule


£68 per m2 Cranbrook expansion areas

Axminster, Cranbrook (existing town), Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Seaton

£80 per m2 and edge of Exeter allocation sites (defined by new Built-up Area

Boundaries (BUAB) and proposed strategic allocations

£125 per m2 Sidmouth, coast and rural (the rest of East Devon)


£0 per m2 Inside town centre shopping areas (as defined in the new Local Plan)

£0 per m2 Cranbrook (as defined by the existing town, plus expansion areas)

£150 per m2 Rest of East Devon

All other non residential uses

£0 per m2 Inside town centre shopping areas (as defined in the new Local Plan)

£0 per m2 Cranbrook (as defined by the existing town, plus expansion areas)

£0 per m2 Rest of East Devon

Councillor Andrew Moulding, EDDC’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio holder for Strategic

development and partnerships, said: “The tariff-based approach of this levy will help fund

new infrastructure to unlock land for growth. It will benefit developers because it is a fairer,

faster and more transparent system than was previously in place. It will provide developers

with greater certainty, in advance, of how much money they will be expected to contribute,

thus avoiding the need for protracted negotiations and ensuing lengthy delays.

“It is right that those who benefit financially from developments should share a proportion of

that gain with the local community to help make their development acceptable and

sustainable, through the provision of infrastructure, services and amenities.”

For more information on the CIL, including the adopted Charging Schedule, maps of charging

zones and the Regulation 123 List please visit the CIL web pages.

What’s on

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

‣ May newsletter

Don’t miss the garden party

this Friday 13 May, 5-9pm :

charcoal making, workshops,

wood-fired pizzas, bar, DJ,

face painting and fancy dress


‣ Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth

‣ Exmouth Pavilion

The Gateway, Seaton

The Beehive, Honiton

‣ Countryside events

In the press

‣ Risk of coastal erosion releasing toxic pollution

from landfill sites

More than 1,000 old landfill sites on the coasts of England

and Wales are at increasing risk of being breached by

erosion, according to a study by Queen Mary University

London. The Environment Agency said the research

would ensure they “and local authorities, continue to

have robust shoreline plans in place”.

‣ Fast broadband demanded by 370 councils

More than 370 councils in England and Wales

have backed the Daily Telegraph’s Better

Broadband campaign, warning that Britain’s

rural areas face becoming a “digital twilight

zone”. The campaign was launched after

ministers said they would not extend basic

broadband automatically to the final 5% of the

UK that has not got it, because some people

living in rural areas do not “want to be

connected”. Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman

of the LGA’s People and Places Board, who has launched the LGA’s own Up To Speed

campaign, said: “The Government’s planned commitment to universal broadband across the

country is a significant step forward. However there is real concern that as the broadband

needs among households and businesses in rural areas grow they will be left lagging behind

because the national minimum standard quickly becomes obsolete. That is why it is

paramount that the minimum standard is constantly monitored and reviewed and it keeps

track with national average speeds and that speeds users experience at peak times are still

within minimum standards.”

‣ We will roll out faster rural broadband as it is needed, ministers pledge

Ministers have offered to lift minimum broadband speeds in the countryside as demand for

faster services increases. Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey disclosed the concession ahead

of a meeting with Tory MPs. He said a planned 10 megabits per second (Mbps) minimum

“can be increased, so that it keeps pace with what people need”. The LGA, which launched

its Up To Speed campaign this week, said it wanted the minimum 10 Mbps speed to be set

as a percentage of average national speeds because it would quickly become “outdated” as

technology advances. Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board,

said: “What we need now is a firm commitment from government that the minimum

standard will be a percentage of average national speeds. This means when the national

average of download speeds inevitably rises, the minimum standard will too. Councils now

look forward to working with government to ensure these changes are implemented and

fast and reliable broadband quickly becomes a reality for everyone.”

‣ Unpaid carers in England ‘struggling’, report says

Unpaid carers in England are struggling to get the support

they need despite new laws introduced to help them, a

report by charity Carers UK says. The Care Act was

introduced in England last year to provide better support

for those needing care and those who provide it unpaid.

But Carers UK says many carers are still waiting too long

for an assessment of their needs.

Town & Parish websites

‣ All Saints

‣ Awliscombe

‣ Axminster

‣ Aylesbeare

‣ Beer

‣ Branscombe

‣ Broadclyst

‣ Broadhembury

‣ Budleigh Salterton

‣ Chardstock

‣ Clyst Honiton

‣ Clyst St Mary

‣ Cranbrook

‣ Dunkeswell

‣ Exmouth

‣ Farringdon

‣ Honiton

‣ Lympstone

‣ Kilmington

‣ Musbury

‣ Newton Poppleford

‣ Northleigh

‣ Otterton

‣ Ottery St Mary

‣ Payhembury

‣ Plymtree

‣ Rockbeare

‣ Seaton

‣ Sidmouth

‣ Stoke Canon

‣ Talaton

‣ Uplyme

‣ Upottery

‣ Upton Pyne

‣ Woodbury

‣ Town & Parish contacts

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‣ Ban on legal highs

A ban on legal highs will finally come into force next month after a big rise in deaths linked

to the substances. Offenders will face up to seven years in prison under the new laws.

Figures show deaths linked to legal highs tripled in two years.

‣ Councils set to win more power to seize land

Councils are to set to receive greater powers to seize land and approve large-scale

housebuilding as part of government plans to tackle the UK’s homes shortage and create a

new generation of garden towns. The Government is considering legislation to grant the

powers in next week’s Queen’s Speech.

Discover wildlife on your doorstep

An exciting new project celebrating the local landscape of the Colyton

and Shute area

The events aim to reveal the rich heritage of this hidden landscape that

has remained unchanged for centuries:

Wednesday 1 June, 2pm, Riverside Discovery Stroll, Colyton

Half term family fun strolling alongside the river Coly with splashing tales from the river

bank. Meet at Chantry Bridge, King Street, SY 245 942. Free. Legacy to Landscape Project:

email, 01297 489741

Wednesday 8 June, 6.30-8.30pm, Wild about orchids, Lucehayne Meadows, Widworthy

Join local botanists, Phil Wilson and Marian Reed to see splendid displays of wild orchids

and other wild flowers growing in these flower rich hay meadows. Free. Booking essential.

Legacy to Landscape Project: email, 01297 489741

Saturday 11 June, 10-3 pm, Plants of East Devon’s Ancient Grasslands, Pennyhayes Farm,


An opportunity to identify and enjoy the wildflowers of this rare habitat with Phil Wilson

and Marian Reed farmer ecologists and owners of Pennyhayes Farm. £5 donation, Devon

Wildlife Trust. Booking essential: Christina Bows 01297 23822

Wednesday 22 June, 2pm, Wild about butterflies, bees and

other pollinators, Lucehayne Meadows, Widworthy

Explore spectacular hay meadows alive with insects busy

pollinating wild flowers, with local insect expert Martin

Drake. Free. Booking essential. Legacy to Landscape Project:

email, 01297 489741

Legacy to Landscape Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

with support from the East Devon AONB Partnership, Devon Wildlife Trust and the Axe Vale and

District Conservation Society.

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