Examination in Public of the Local Plan, Housing session

Yesterday was the much-awaited Examination in Public of the Housing session of the Local Plan.

ImageThe session took the form of round-table discussions with the Planning Inspector, Anthony Thickett, interested parties who had commented on the draft Local Plan, and developers … a lot of developers.

Cllr Claire Wright has written a comprehensive piece on her blog (http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/the_lions_den) which gives an excellent report of the session.

The purpose of the meeting was to decide whether EDDC have established the correct number of houses for the district to the period to 2026, whether the length of the plan is now sufficient at only 12 years (assuming the plan is adopted this year) and whether EDDC’s policy of 50% of new development at the West End, 40% growth across the rest of East Devon and 10% in the villages is correct.

Developers were vociferous throughout, but it was notable that:

  • those with an interest in Feniton (Strategic Land Partnerships and Wainhomes) fought particularly hard for the villages to take more than the 10% of anticipated growth.
  • those with an interest in Exmouth (Clinton Devon Estates) fought for an increase in the strategic allocation for Exmouth.
  • those with an interest in Uplyme (Saviles for Pinhay Estate) fought for an increase of housing there under the duty to co-operate with neighbouring councils.
  • those with an interest in Honiton (Gleeson) fought for an increase in the strategic allocation for Honiton.

Which begs the question how any of the developers’ views could be taken as remotely impartial.

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