The East Devon Local Plan with its many amendments was put before the Development Management Committee (DMC) today. The Plan had been revised by officers in the light of the SHMA report which had been commissioned by EDDC to provide the evidence which would inform the housing numbers (see https://susiebond.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/is-the-local-plan-creeping-towards-adoption/).
The figures are related to the number of jobs envisaged over the plan period and these are remarkably difficult to predict.
There were concerns raised by members of the public and the district councillors present about the very high numbers proposed: a massive 950 extra houses every year for the next 18 years … that’s over 17,000 extra houses … in a district where two-thirds is AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and cannot be developed.
Strategy 27 relates to Feniton, which is listed as one of 16 sustainable villages/small towns (at the meeting, Dunkeswell was added to the list). The text of the strategy appears below, but essentially over this coming summer, EDDC will complete a Villages DPD (Development Plan Document), during which Built-Up Area Boundaries will be redrawn in full consultation with the parish councils, and development will only be permitted within those boundaries. All the small towns and larger villages listed in Strategy 27 have embarked on Neighbourhood Plans and Feniton’s is moving forward in the safe hands of the Parish Council’s NP subcommittee.
The following settlements vary in size and character but all offer a range of accessible services and facilities to meet many of the everyday needs of local residents and they have reasonable public transport. They will have a Built-up Area Boundary that will be designated in the East Devon Village DPD though they will not have land specifically allocated for development.
Clyst St Mary
If communities wish to promote development other than that which is supported through this strategy and other strategies in the Plan (at the settlements listed above or any other settlement) they will need to produce a Neighbourhood Plan justifying how and why, in a local context, the development will promote the objectives of sustainable development.
The Local Plan, with its revisions, will now be put before an Extra-Ordinary full Council meeting later this week, and, if approved, will be subject to a 6-week period of public consultation, before being sent to the Planning Inspector, Anthony Thickett.
Hearing sessions should take place in the Autumn, with the hope that the Local Plan can be adopted before the end of 2015.