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Your chance to help shape the future of Teignbridge

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An eight week online public consultation starts at noon on Monday (14 June) on the site options being considered for new home building and for businesses creating local employment opportunities.

The consultation is the next step in updating our Local Plan to ensure it meets government requirements to build 751 houses per year whilst preserving the character of our communities.

Residents can influence the Plan by commenting on specific sites via an online consultation questionnaire which will be live on our website from noon on Monday.

Not all the 100 plus sites identified will be developed, so residents are being asked for their preferences and whether any development could help resolve, improve or aggravate existing problems.

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Executive member for Planning, Cllr Gary Taylor said: “Not all local people want to see this level of development but we have no option but to prepare a plan that can deliver the Government’s required housing growth for our district.

“An up-to-date local plan will help us stop development in inappropriate locations and avoid unplanned development in open countryside through planning appeals”.

Site options for employment are aimed at supporting a sustainable and resilient local economy, and helping businesses to start and grow in well-connected locations.

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From noon on Monday, the consultation documents can be viewed and the survey accessed at   

As the local plan documents are lengthy and complex, a short ‘Need to Know’ Guide will also be published which summarises the key points of the plan in a straightforward, jargon-free way.  A frequently asked questions document will also be on our website and will be updated regularly.

Throughout the consultation, paper copies of consultation documents can be viewed at our Forde House offices, local libraries and Town and Parish Council offices.

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People aged 25 to 29 can now book a Covid jab, joining the 40 million people in the UK who have already received their first dose.  Those eligible should receive an 'NHSvaccine' text message alert containing a link to book an appointment.

GPs will also be contacting patients in this age bracket and those who don’t have online access can book a vaccination appointment by calling 119.

If you have had your first Covid-19 jab, don't delay when invited to get your second as having both jabs will give you greater protection.

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Sunday deadline for women’s health call 

Sunday at 11.45 pm is the last chance to take part in a survey to inform the development of the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

Anyone aged 16 or over are encouraged to join the 100,000 plus women, organisations, clinicians and carers who have responded to the call for evidence already.

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Parish council appeal rejected

Following the Court of Appeal’s rejection of  legal efforts by Abbotskerswell Parish Council in relation to proposed development at Wolborough Barton, Teignbridge issued the following statement:

“We welcome the clarity that comes from the Court of Appeal’s rejection of further legal efforts by Abbotskerswell Parish Council to block the development of new homes at Wolborough Barton.

"In rejecting the parish council’s appeal against a previous ruling to refuse a statutory review of the planning decision, the Court has allowed the development to commence. All arguments put forward by Abbotskerswell for a review have been rejected by the Court.

"This ruling finally brings to an end a process that started in 2014 and which has seen significant public funding spent reviewing this application through every possible planning and legal process.

"This judgement again demonstrates that the Council acted appropriately, following the correct planning processes and gave sound professional advice on planning, ecological and environmental issues".

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Latest covid business grant support available

Almost 650 businesses have been contacted to let them know that they can apply via our website for the latest grant funding available to support rated and non-rated businesses required to close or severely impacted by the National Restrictions imposed on the 5 January.

Businesses contacted by the council are those which have previously applied and received Additional Restrictions grants and which are not eligible for the Restart scheme funding.

Each has been sent an access code to speed up the process by self-populating the application form with information they have previously provided to us.

The scheme supports businesses which were legally required to close and which are not registered for business rates and businesses which were not required to close during this period (rated or non-rated), but which were still severely impacted.

Businesses which have not received an access code but think they could be eligible should complete the application form on our website.  If you know any businesses that might fall into this category please share this information with them.

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Highlighting the vital role of carers

Make Caring Visible and Valued has been the theme of Carers Week (7-13 June) which highlights the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

It also encourages people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Carers UK has published research highlighting that fewer than one in five unpaid carers are confident that the support they receive with caring will continue following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watching Euro 2020 safely

If you are planning on visiting a nearby hostelry to watch any of the Euro 2020 matches, the first major sporting tournament aired in pubs since hospitality businesses reopened, Devon Public Health has published some advice to keep you safe.

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Force for change programme

August deadline for Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust applications

Community projects designed to promote integration and support post-Covid recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation is the focus of Force for Change.

The Fund awards up to £10,000 to support:

  • Ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver nimble and focused local projects to Armed Forces communities or support services
  • Projects and activities that are used by Armed Forces communities, but which are struggling as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic.

The deadline to apply for funding is 2 August.

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Free training for Teignbridge landlords

Local landlords are being offered free online training to help them navigate the complex business of letting. 

The training covers everything to successfully set-up, manage and end a tenancy and is being delivered by Training for Professionals and being organised in conjunction with South West Landlord Association.   

On completion of the course, attendees will be offered free, first year annual membership to the South West Landlord Association  Among other benefits, members will be able to access free advice, free downloadable letting related documents, newsletters, trade discounts etc.

Landlords can book a place for the course on Friday 2 July via our website.   

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