Continuing with a study of the relationship between the EDBF and the District Council's planning processes over the years
Futures Forum: A history of the East Devon Business Forum, part two....... "It mostly represents a number of businesss that councillors and ex-councillors are involved in and those where councillors and ex-councillors own where land which was permitted to be changed from agricultural land to industrial land."
... and in the light of concerns about the transparency of this process
Futures Forum: Scrutinising the East Devon Business Forum...................... "EDDC will not separate the police investigation from the separate issue of interference in the planning process which was one of the causes of the draft local plan being thrown out."
... here is a link to a very full study of that relationship:
Planning in East Devon and the East Devon Business Forum
And here are some excerpts from a summary of that:
The influence of the East Devon Business Forum on the Local Plan