Built Environment

Built Environment, Local Planning and Architectural Activities



Since its formation in 1979, the OVA has worked hard to encourage high standards of architecture and planning in the Otter Valley, and to protect important buildings and their setting.  This is a fundamental purpose of an amenity society such as ours and embedded in the constitution.  Indeed, the charity was first set up as a response to a planning issue and has commented on significant planning applications ever since.

The OVA reviews planning applications in the light of the principles set out in the constitution.  It also has to take into account the various policies in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, East Devon District Council’s Local Plan and emerging Local Plan 2020-2040, the Neighbourhood Plans for Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Newton Poppleford  and Otterton, the Devon County Structure Plan, the East Devon AONB Management Plan, and the World Heritage Site.  There are also local Design Statements for Budleigh Salterton and Otterton, produced after extensive local consultation, and with the support of the OVA.

When necessary, objections are made to planning applications submitted to East Devon District Council.  Once the Executive Committee have considered the details submissions are made in writing and in some cases a verbal submission is made at the Development Management Committee (Planning Committee).  If a decision goes to a planning appeal, the OVA follows through with written submissions and, if necessary, gives evidence at public hearings.

The OVA monitors and comments on new planning legislation, including the Devon Structure Plan, the East Devon Local Plan and Central Governments NPPF. 




           The final report from the Glover Review can be found by clicking the image below.




  • In 2014 the OVA was invited to submit evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee's review of the NPPF. This is an example of how deeply the OVA engages with planning issues.


  • The OVA embarked on another project in 2014 to identify local heritage assets. This was a very important project as anything accepted by EDDC for local listing does not gain additional protection from demolition or alteration BUT has to be taken into account in any subsequent planning applications.  For details of the nominations and a project report click here.  


          To see the EDDC guidance on heritage and the current local list of heritage assets click here.