The Government’s proposed new housing algorithm – October 2020

October 15th, 2020

Our analysis The Government’s proposed new housing formula or algorithm will fail to deliver the affordable new homes that rural communities in Devon so desperately need. Instead, the Government’s sweeping changes to local planning could lead to the worst of all possible worlds – the loss of more precious countryside without delivering the affordable homes […]

Member’s Virtual Planning Surgery – 29th September 2020

September 28th, 2020

We are delighted to have organised our first Zoom planning surgery for our members, with our planning consultant, Jo Widdecombe. Our first surgery will be focussing on North Devon & Torridge districts. So if you have a planning related question you wish to ask or planning issue for discussion, this will be a great opportunity […]

Changes to the Planning System. September 2020

September 10th, 2020

The Government has produced two consultation documents relating to future changes to the planning system. These are ‘Changes to the current Planning System’ and a White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’. The consultations end on 1st October and 29th October 2020 respectively. We will be responding to both consultations. Devon CPRE Trustee, Phillip […]

Devon’s Biggest Solar Farm -September 2020

September 9th, 2020

There is still time to submit your objection to North Devon District Council to an application for what would be Devon’s biggest solar installation – at Litchardon Cross, Newton Tracey near Barnstaple, North Devon. The proposed solar installation would extend about a mile from north to south and about a mile from east to west, […]

Recent articles in the news – September 2020

September 9th, 2020

We’ve been busy commenting on the Government’s proposed planning reforms and their plans to Build, Build, Build. With thanks to the Western Morning News, who have published our articles. You can read some of them here –

The Government wants to build more than 3million new homes than are needed!

September 4th, 2020

Our new independent report, How Many Homes? shows the Government is planning for almost twice as many new homes as England needs over the next twenty years. The Government is planning to build 85% more new homes than England needs over the next two decades – a staggering over-provision of more than three million new-build […]

My Outdoors 2020 – Competition results

July 25th, 2020

What an amazing year its been for our annual My Outdoors childrens writing and art competitions. The entries came pouring in from primary schoolchildren in all corners of our county – from Barnstaple to Buckfastleigh, Woolacombe to Whimple, Exmouth to Plymouth and any number of places inbetween! We were absolutely thrilled with the quantity and […]

My Outdoors Art and Writing Competitions 2020

April 16th, 2020

We are delighted to be holding our annual art and writing competitions for Devon’s primary school children again this year and the competitions are now open for entries! For more information see One of last year’s winning entries –

Planning Workshop for Town & Parish Councils. 15th October 2019. Hatherleigh

August 28th, 2019

Do you sit on a town or parish council in Devon? If so, you need to know how to respond to planning proposals affecting your community. CPRE Devon invites you to a special ‘planning workshop’ for Devon’s town and parish councils on Tuesday, 15th October 2019, from 10am-1pm at Hatherleigh Community Centre. How town and […]

The Chagford Show. August 2019

August 28th, 2019

The weather was kind on the day, and it was fantastic to meet so many people at the Show. The Chagford Show really is a wonderful day out, highlighting so many great things about rural life in such a beautiful setting. We had a record entry of entries into our Devon photo competition this year […]