The District Council has published its plans for housing:
Futures Forum: District Council publishes housing numbers report
Interestingly, in its press release (below), the District Council mentions the value of Neighbourhood Plans - which most towns and parishes in the District are embarking on - although not Sidmouth:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan @ Newton Poppleford: input needed: Monday 16th February
Futures Forum: Save Clyst St Mary: of neighbourhood plans and over-development: next public meeting: Thurs 19th February
Futures Forum: "Speeding up the time it takes to designate a neighbourhood plan area"
Although, as the above examples imply, there might well be a conflict of interest:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood plans: communities vs developers? >>>>> >>> the examples multiply >>>
Futures Forum: "It would be surprising, indeed contrary to what a Neighbourhood Plan is supposed to achieve, if allocation of precise sites were not able to be dealt with in a Neighbourhood Plan."
But it is clear that more people want such a process:
Futures Forum: "An overwhelming majority of people want a bigger say over the development of their communities, and the benefits of successful localism would be huge: the planning process could be used to tackle wider societal challenges such as ageing, economic growth and environmental degradation, as well as engage communities about the issues that really matter to them."
Here is last week's press statement from the District Council:
9 March 2015 - SHMA report reveals that 950 new homes per year is the right amount for East Devon - East Devon District Council