Futures Forum: Local Plan: latest comment on 'minor to major' changes
Futures Forum: District Council's Local Plan: comment from the Inspector: that the proposed changes are in fact major...
there will have to be a further round of public consultations on the Local Plan...
As reported in the Herald today:
Council mistakes lead to new public session on Local Plan
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This was in fact flagged up earlier this month, with comparisons made with South Somerset:
Concerns raised over local plan
CONCERNS have been expressed about the integrity of East Devon District Council's Local Plan.
A planning inspector last month raised concerns over parts of the proposed Local Plan for South Somerset District Council – which shares the same Chief Executive as East Devon. Following a Public Examination of the plan, the inspector initially suggested that the council either withdrew the plan and started the process again or proceeded with the plan in its current state with the likely outcome that it would be rejected. Following representations from the authority, the inspector subsequently confirmed the council could temporarily suspend it for six months while the concerns raised are addressed.
East Devon District Council officials have subsequently rubbished concerns that it faces a similar result as South Somerset because the authorities share Mark Williams as chief executive, branding such claims as a "fanciful non-sequitur".
East Devon's Local Plan, which outlines where around 15,000 homes as well as employment land could be built between 2006 and 2026, is due to go to Public Examination in November.
Ian Makintosh, chairman of the East Devon Alliance campaign group, said he has concerns about the robustness of the Local Plan and pointed to a planning inspectorate's recent finding – that the council cannot demonstrate it has enough land suitable for the demand for houses in the next five years. Local authorities are expected to demonstrate five years as part of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework. "What has happened at South Somerset throws into question the competence behind our Local Plan and we are concerned what happened there may happen in East Devon at public examination stage," he said. "As long as there is no Local Plan the land is at risk of developers."
Tony Green, member of campaign group Save Our Sidmouth (SOS), said members were also fearful that East Devon's Local Plan may fall short of an inspector's expectations.
Here is today's comment from Sidmouth Independent News:
Make your new comments on the Local Plan | Sidmouth Independent News