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Monday, 23 January 2017

Locally Listed Heritage Assets: report for East Devon

Local heritage is considered an important asset in the area:
Futures Forum: Local Heritage Listing - What we value >>> Civic Voice all day event at the RAM Museum Exeter >>> Tuesday 3rd March

The SVA has helped inititiate a list of 'local heritage assets' for the Sid Valley:
Futures Forum: "What's important to our local heritage?" ... The Sid Vale Association's "local heritage assets project" asks for nominations
Futures Forum: Civic Voice and Local Heritage Lists >>> SVA 'local heritage assets project' at Sidmouth Library

Over Peak Hill, the Otter Vale Association has been doing the same:
Futures Forum: Otter Valley Association: launch of heritage project ... Sunday 14th September
Heritage Asset List | Otter Valley Association

Meanwhile, the District Council is taking the local listing forward.

At the September meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee, a report looked at how to proceed (item 11, page 65):

East Devon Local List of Non-designated Heritage Assets

Purpose of report: 
To agree a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for public consultation. The draft SPD sets out criteria for assessing whether locally important heritage assets should be placed on the East Devon ‘Local List’. 

Recommendation: 
That public consultation is undertaken on the appended draft Local List Supplementary Planning Document to guide the identification of non-designated heritage assets for inclusion on the East Devon Local List 

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/1841810/130916-combined-strategic-planning-agenda-additional-meeting.pdf


The report was then taken to the October meeting - and it was deferred to consider resourcing implications as detailed in the minutes below:

*14 East Devon Local List of Non-designated Heritage Assets

The Committee considered the Development Manager’s report, which sought agreement for the draft Local List Supplementary Planning Document to be subject to public consultation. The draft SPD sets out criteria for assessing whether locally important heritage assets should be placed on the East Devon ‘Local List’. This process sought to update an existing out dated List.

Members noted that the impact of development proposals on all heritage assets placed on the ‘Local List’ would be considered when preparing plans, such as neighbourhood plans, and that any implications on the asset must be taken into account when a decision was taken on a planning application. The Development Manager advised that the establishment and maintenance of the List would place extra work on existing resource and that there might be the requirement for additional resources depending on the number of nominations submitted.

In response to a question about the assessment process, the Development Manager referred Members to the consultation document which outlined the process. It was proposed that the decision would be taken by a senior EDDC officer in association with the relevant Portfolio Holder or Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. The Planning Authority was required under the NPPF to have regard to non-heritage  assets, however at present there was no formal way of identifying them.

Comments made during discussion included:
Ø Concerns raised about the resource implications for administering the List;
Ø Correction to appendix 2 - ‘Otter Valley Association’;
Ø Appendix 2 should include Fairlynch Museum (Budleigh Salterton);
Ø Suggestion that the existing List be used as a starting point;
Ø Nominations were already being received and therefore it was important that criteria were established.

RESOLVED: that consultation on the draft Local List Supplementary Planning Document to guide identification of non-designated heritage assets for inclusion on the East Devon Local List be deferred for further assessment of the resource implications, with a further report to be brought to a future meeting.

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/1859740/130916-strategic-planning-committee-minutes-additional-meeting.pdf

It is understood that currently resources and priorities are being considered for the next year and it is expected that the report will be taken back to Strategic Planning Committee in the new year, 2017.
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