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Further Information about Unilateral Undertakings

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Open Space

Historically we have required applicants to submit a unilateral undertaking for open space provision to meet the needs for open space arising from the proposed development. Recent changes in legislation mean that it is not now possible to secure such contributions from schemes of less than 10 units in the towns of Exmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Sidmouth and less than 6 units elsewhere. Open space contributions will still be required for residential developments over these thresholds in size but these will be secured through a negotiated Section 106 agreement. There is therefore no longer a need to submit a Unilateral Undertaking with an application instead we will advise you of the requirements as part of the application process.

Any applications submitted prior to the end of 2014 using our old unilateral undertaking templates (previously available from this page) will be accepted as valid and processed. However applicants will be asked to complete a supplementary agreement to remove the open space obligation prior to a decision being issued. From 1st January 2015 only applications using the undertakings provided below will be accepted.

Habitat Mitigation

Despite changes in legislation contributions for habitat mitigation are still required as development that will impact on a protected habitat cannot proceed under an EU directive unless fully mitigated. Evidence, PDF file which can be accessed here (4490KB Portable Document Format - 04 December 2014 - PDF Help), shows that all new dwellings within 10km of the Exe Estuary and Pebblebed Heaths will have a significant effect on protected habitats and hence a mitigation contribution is required for all new dwellings.

Zone. Charge for on-site Measures. Charge for SANG's. Total Charge Per New Dwelling.
Exe Estuary only. £123 £477 £600
Pebblebed Heaths only. £149 £477 £626
Exe Estuary and Pebblebed Heaths. £272 £477 £749

PDF file View our map to see whether your site lies within 10 kilometres of the SPA boundaries. (2346KB Portable Document Format - 04 December 2014 - PDF Help)

What do I need to send in?

When you submit your draft undertaking, you'll have to make sure you've included all the relevant documentation. You'll need to return the following documents:

  • One original, signed undertaking;

There are now 3 templates depending on the required contributions. These can be obtained from the new Council web-site.

  • A cheque for £50, made payable to East Devon District Council, to cover registration costs.

If you have any further questions, please contact us before submitting your application.

Page last updated on 28 January 2015