The basis of all planning at District Council level is the new National Planning Policy Framework, as reported in an earlier posting.
[National planning policy to the rescue? Save Our Local Pub - NPPF - Saving pubs]
In the 15th February report to the District Council's DMC (or planning committee), which considered its Five Year Land Supply, 'sustainable' was mentioned a dozen times.
However, to cite one example, the Planning Champion at Lympstone Parish Council expressed grave doubts about this in the context of planning applications in his parish: www.lympstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/EDDC-5YLS-Summary.pdf
[And yet, the notion of 'sustainability' is clearly central to EDDC policy considerations in the area of planning: in the full agenda of the 15th February planning meeting, it was cited 78 times: www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_dmc_agenda_050213.pdf]
'Sustainability' is also central to longer-term planning at East Devon.
In the Council Plan 2012-16, the forward states that: We will deliver a sustainable working legacy to our future generations. In the introduction it is declared that: we must look after our residents’ need for jobs and homes and will continue to plan for a sustainable future.
In the section 'living in an outstanding place', it states that:
Balanced communities are key to a sustainable future, which is why we are investing in this area. We recognise that to meet the needs of young people in the district, we need to provide sites for aﬀordable housing and improve job opportunities
EDDC has a Sustainable Community Strategy (Plan). The Plan’s objectives include the creation of ‘a vibrant working environment where community and economic activity improve and sustain our distinctive communities' environment and cultural heritage.’
www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_agenda_11_jan_2012_-_public_version.pdf [with regard to Seaton][See also: HONITON COMMUNITY COMPLEX BUSINESS PLAN: JANUARY 2012]
Most importantly to date, the proposed Local Plan 2012-26 deals at length with 'sustainable development':