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Posted On: 12-05-2020
Posted In: Planning

Mid Devon District Council is carrying out public consultation on a new Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and its Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening.

The Design Guide will provide guidance that can be used to help inform the design of new buildings in Mid Devon and help raise awareness and standards throughout the planning process. All comments received will be carefully considered by the Council before the Design Guide is finalised. Once the Design Guide has been adopted, it can be used by the Council, alongside relevant policies in the Mid Devon Local Plan and other development plans to help inform decisions on planning applications submitted for determination.

Councillor Graeme Barnell, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration, said:

“We are very pleased to publish a draft Design Guide for Mid Devon and give you an opportunity to tell us what you think. Achieving high quality design is an important part of the planning process. We value the special character of our towns and villages, and how buildings look and contribute to the appearance of the surrounding area matters to us greatly. The Design Guide will be used over the coming years to help Mid Devon continue to be the special place that it is for our communities to live, work and enjoy”.

The Design Guide SPD and associated documents are available to view on the Council’s website at

Please note that in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Planning Service is currently unable to meet all of the requirements of its Statement of Community Involvement. Therefore, it is not able to make printed copies of consultation documents available at the Council’s main offices at Phoenix House, Tiverton (which has restricted opening hours) or in local libraries (which remain closed). This will be an on-line public consultation for an 8 week period, which commenced Monday, 11 May. Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, 6 July 2020.

You can comment on this consultation by either emailing or by posting your comments to:

Forward Planning
Mid Devon District Council
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
EX16 6PP

Comments must be sent in writing, including the respondent's name and full postal address to ensure they are registered. It is important to note that comments, including names and addresses will be published on the Council's website. It is advised that an email address is also provided for updates on the consultation.

The personal contact details of respondents will only be used by the Council to inform the new Design Guide SPD and other planning policy matters.

For more information about how personal data is used, please refer to the Privacy Notice.