Local Plan Review consultation is now open for comment!

Below is a press release explaining the rationale behind the Local Plan Review currently under way and how you can have your say in formulating the revised Local Plan.

East Devon District Council’s new Local Plan will outline how the district addresses the climate change emergency, how many new homes should be built and where, how and where new jobs should be created, how we should support our town centres and how we protect our built heritage and natural environment.

The Local Plan is the key document used in making decisions in East Devon.

Everyone who lives, works and spends time in the district has been asked to share their views about the future of the district as part of the East Devon’s Local Plan Consultation which is now live.

The consultation also seeks views on the quality of new developments and how this could be improved by changing how development is delivered in the district. This could include encouraging a wider range of types of housing to be delivered by supporting self-builders and small local developers.

The consultation can be viewed on-line at: www.eastdevon.gov.uk/newlocalplan and comments can be made through an online form.

The feedback we receive to this initial consultation will be used to help inform and refine our thinking as the local plan is progressed.

We have set ourselves a challenging but exciting programme to produce the local plan.

In just over a years’ time we hope to have a draft plan with lots more detail in it that we will invite comment on, then in late 2023 and into 2024 we will move to a final version of the plan informed by the comments we receive that will then be subject to an examination in public by a Government appointed planning inspector.

Alongside the local plan consultation we are also offering the opportunity, through a ‘call for sites’, for people to identify land areas that they think would be suitable for development.

We will look at the sites submitted and will choose from them a list of those that we think should feature in the local plan as future land for development.

As part of future consultation there will be the opportunity for people to comment on favoured site choices.

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1 Response to Local Plan Review consultation is now open for comment!

  1. Mark Humphries says:

    Yet again just this week many houses in Feniton would have been flooded if it hadnt been for their own flood defences, the volunteers in the village, and thankfully the rain easing after a relatively short period.

    No more housing development should be allowed in Feniton on any land that is likely to cause additional run off into the existing village, or any area where flooding already occurs.

    The drains in the village all need to be increased to a much larger bore, and this includes the outflow down through the old village. Until the existing flood alleviation works are completed via railway line, nothing should be even considered.

    More concrete in the ground has two effects, stops natural absorption, and raises the water table.

    Areas where trees such as oaks and other large deciduous native varieties should be planted, as they draw water from the ground, and are good for the general environment.

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