What seems to be happening across East Devon is indeed what was predicted recently:
Futures Forum: Identifying housing 'need' in East Devon: "Floodgates are open for developers"
Futures Forum: 106 payments and the NPPF... the repercussions for East Devon
In Feniton, developers seem to be overreaching themselves:
Developer must install tanks to stop flood water in Feniton | Western Morning News
East Devon District Council responds to Wainhomes | Susie Bond
Wain Homes, Feniton: when does “50 houses” become 55? When it’s in Rockbeare – whoops! | East Devon Alliance
Some links that Wainhomes would probably prefer you not to click on! | East Devon Alliance
And meanwhile, in Seaton, promises to build affordable housing are being reneged on:
Tesco says it will sell Seaton ‘hotel site’ for flats | Exeter Express and Echo
Tesco selling Seaton hotel site to retirement developer McCarthy & Stone | East Devon Alliance
And in Newton Poppleford, things look very confusing:
NEWTON POPPLEFORD PLANNING DECISIONS “CONTRADICTORY”
October 29, 2014
Yes, most of us have realised that. Why was it ok for one developer and not for another?
Of course, a re-convening of the EDDC wokring group that was supposed to look into the relationship between the council and the East Devon Business Forum might well have answered such questions ….. yet another reason why it remains in the long grass …
Newton Poppleford planning decisions “contradictory” | East Devon Alliance
East Devon planning decisions ‘contradictory’
By Exeter Express and Echo | Posted: October 29, 2014
AN East Devon heritage society has written to a Government committee raising concerns that East Devon District Council has used Government guidelines to approve one development in a rural village but oppose another in a “contradictory” approach.
The Otter Valley Association, Natural England, the East Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the parish council have all objected to plans for 26 homes at land off Orchard Close in Newton Poppleford.
The plans are a resubmission of a scheme for 46 homes at the same site described as land off Badger Close. The development management committee rejected these original plans and a planning inspector subsequently rejected an appeal of the committee’s decision on appeal in June.
In the council’s emerging Local Plan, the village, which lies within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been allocated 40 homes. This quota has already been fulfilled as a 40-home development on land off King Alfred Way was approved last year.
The OVA is concerned that the “inconsistencies” in the planning department’s approach towards the two previous schemes, highlighted by the inspector at the Badger Close appeal hearing, may be repeated when considering of the Orchard Close scheme. In a written submission to the council opposing the development, the OVA has accused planning officers in interpreting the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, which has a presumption in favour of sustainable development and which must be adhered to in the absence of a Local Plan, in different ways when dealing with the previous two applications for the village.
In his evidence regarding the Badger Close development, the Government inspector said that whereas the council has recognised that the village should only accommodate a limited scale of development in line with NPPF guidelines, the council’s stance appeared to be “at odds” with its recent decision to approve the King Alfred Way development where the council had argued differently. The inspector concluded that the council could not demonstrate that the village was in an unsustainable location for development, however concluded that the appeal site did not represent a sustainable location for the proposed development due to its poor access to the village centre.
The inspector confirmed that the NPPF states that “great weight” should be given to conserving landscapes in AONBs and concluded that the Badger Close scheme would adversely impact on its location within the AONB. But he noted that the council had taken a different view on the impact on the AONB for the King Alfred Way development in that it would not impact on the AONB.
The group say the Orchard Close plans are very similar and questioned the integrity of the planning process. Nicola Daniel, OVA member, said: “For people to have confidence in the planning system, there needs to be a consistent approach.”
Natural England has requested that a Habitats Regulations Assessment is completed due to its close proximity to several protected areas which the development could have “significant effects” on.
A council spokesperson, said: “Each application is considered on its merits, in line with current planning policy. The OVA viewpoint will be taken into consideration along with any other comments made as a result of the consultation.”
East Devon planning decisions ‘contradictory’ | Exeter Express and Echo