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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ..... session on Climate Change - Thurs 27th February

Following on from earlier sessions of the Inspector's examination of the draft Local Plan
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan: opening hearing: Tuesday 11th February
looking at: housing
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ... HOUSING
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ... housing: numbers much too low for developers ... much too high for CPRE
employment land
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ... EMPLOYMENT LAND
the environment
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ... ENVIRONMENT
and Sidmouth
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ... Sidmouth session - Tues 25th February
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ... Sidmouth: the issues: Sidford Employment Allocation
Futures Forum: Public Examination of the New East Devon Local Plan ... Sidmouth: the issues: The Knowle, Port Royal, Manstone Depot Residential Allocations

... tomorrow, Thursday 27th February, will see the session on climate change.

The District Council paper looks at several issues:

Under its Housing Standards Review consultation the Government is proposing to set sustainable building standards at a national level through the Building Regulations and remove locally set standards.

Strategy 40 addresses establishing decentralised energy networks using district heating and combined heat and power. 

Planning Practice Guidance for renewable and low carbon energy was issued in July 2013...

Due to the national monopoly nature of the UK’s electricity and gas distribution systems, regulations are in place to ensure that consumers can choose their electricity and gas suppliers...

www.eastdevon.gov.uk/ws10writtenstatement10climatechangefinal.pdf

Although there have been submissions which point to the need to prepare for the impact any climate change might have on the environment:

Para 94 of the National Planning Policy Framework provides as follows -

"94. Local planning authorities should adopt proactive strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change, taking full account of flood risk, coastal change and water supply and demand considerations."

EDDC needs to take such a proactive approach in relation to the need to protect Pennington Point and the Eastern Cliffs, and the town of Sidmouth itself, from the effects of coastal erosion. 

www.eastdevon.gov.uk/3036-mrjohnlabrumch106.pdf

There are also concerns about the impact of climate change on agricultural land and food security:
Food security and the NPPF | Sidmouth Independent News
https://www.visionforsidmouth.org/media/65346/futures-forum-minutes-20120116.pdf
http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/local_mp_agrees_to_help_protect_agricultural_land/
Building resilience for adaptation to climate change in the agriculture sector

There is the issue of how to retain flood plains to soak up and hold water ready for times of drought:
Flooding - South West - Business - Private Client - Michelmores Solicitors

And there is the concern of how climate change would impact on biodiversity:
www.devon.gov.uk/dbap-freshwater-rivers.pdf
www.devon.gov.uk/future_for_biodiversity-2.pdf
Biodiversity and Climate Chnage - a summary of impacts in the UK

The Introduction is fine in theory- a sustainable future with homes and jobs. 
But it omits the essentials for planning long term sustainability - for example in relation to agricultural land for food security, integrating employment land with residential provision, preserving flood plains and wetlands, ensuring a strategy for coastal management, mitigating the effects of climate change...

www.eastdevon.gov.uk/217-mrrobertcrick.pdf

Here is the full programme:
East Devon District Council - Programme Officer
www.eastdevon.gov.uk/eastdevonprogramme.pdf
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