Agenda and minutes

Venue: East Devon DIstrict Council, The Knowle, Sidmouth

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Note No. Item



Election of Chair and Vice Chair

(N.B. In accordance with the County Council’s Constitution, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be County Councillors)



RESOLVED that Councillors Trail and Scott be elected Chair and Vice-Chair respectively for the ensuing year.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2017, attached.


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting on 30 November 2017 be signed as a correct record.



Items requiring urgent attention

Items which in the opinion of the Chair should be considered at the meeting as matters of urgency.


There was no item raised as a matter of urgency.



Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan Reviews pdf icon PDF 248 KB

Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/18/27), attached.


Electoral Divisions:     Axminster, Cullompton & Bradninch, Exmouth, Exmouth & Budleigh Salterton Coastal, Feniton & Honiton, Otter Valley, Seaton & Colyton, Sidmouth, Whimple & Blackdown, Willand & Uffculme




The Committee considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/18/27) on the process of the Review of the Management Plans for the Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sought approval of the approach within the Draft Plans for public consultation.


Devon had five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) within its boundaries and under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, it was a statutory requirement for local authorities to produce Management Plans for their AONBs and undertake reviews every five years.


It was MOVED by Councillor Scott, SECONDED by Councillor Twiss and




(a) the process and timetable for undertaking the AONB Management Plan reviews and consultation be approved;


(b) the approach within the Consultation Drafts of the Management Plan 2019-2024 for the Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty be endorsed in principle;


(c) the final agreement of any outstanding detailed issues for the Consultation Drafts be delegated to officers; and,


(d) the final version of the new Management Plans be adopted through the Cabinet Member delegated decision process in early 2019.




Networking Opportunities, Informed Decision-Making

(In accordance with Standing Order 23(2) Councillor Scott has asked that the Committee

considers this item)


The Committee to have a discussion on future networking events.  


The Committee considered proposals from the Locality Development Officer regarding networking opportunities and theme-based events with local communities in East Devon.  Historically, there had been several community led, town based conversations which had previously focused on Health and Wellbeing in areas including Honiton, Seaton, Ottery, Sidmouth and Axminster, and proposals were being considered to support this way of working.  


Local Members were encouraged to be involved with the development of these events, using existing arrangements and local relationships to help promote and become the primary local intelligence exchange between the Council, partners and citizens, enabling the use of that local knowledge to inform local and strategic planning and decision-making. 


Members recognised the value of networking with local communities and providers and discussed how they could support and facilitate these local networking events through their locality budgets and indicated that they would be willing to contribute through their locality funds to help support local participation.




Dates of future meetings

29 November 2018 and 14 March 2019.


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29 November 2018 and 14 March 2019


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