It is clear that there are not enough affordable homes being built in Devon:
Futures Forum: The West Country, "unskilled, low-paid and part-time employment" and "large-scale migration vastly distorting the housing market."
There has been a massive drop in the number of new housing - affordable or otherwise - in East Devon this last financial year, as reported in the latest Herald:
Number of new homes being built in East Devon dramatically drops - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
As the East Devon Watch wryly notes:
IS EDDC GEARING UP FOR EVEN GREATER DEVELOPMENT FOR 5-YEAR LOCAL PLAN REVIEW?
20 AUG 2017
All Local Plans have to be reviewed every five years. Though it is likely that the next Local Plan won’t be very local as “Greater Exeter” will almost certainly be what is put forward, East Devon being only one part of it.
Now it seems the current Local Plan didn’t go to plan!
“The number of new homes being built in East Devon has dramatically dropped, government data has revealed.
In total, 620 new properties were completed by private developers and housing associations in 2016/17. But this is more than 250 homes fewer than were built in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 – where an average of 836 new properties were finished each year.
In the last decade, a total of 4,690 properties have been built and completed in the district and more than 12,600 new homes were finished across Devon. …”
In fact 2013/14 and 2014/15 and 2015/16 were the result of the years during which the developer free-for-all took place when EDDC had no Local Plan and no 5 year land supply so we had a situation where, under government rules, developers could build any amount of houses practically anywhere. So it’s hardly surprising there was a boom.
So, it now appears that, in fact, the number of houses EDDC had expected to see built this year haven’t materialised.
That could mean that more will be front-loaded to a revised (probably Greater Exeter) plan. And/or the whole area might be back to not having a 5-year land supply so it will be a developer free-for-all – again.
What is VERY interesting is that around 37% of all new homes in the whole of Devon have been built in East Devon in the last decade.
Perhaps time for other parts of Greater Exeter to take the strain in the coming decade?
Is EDDC gearing up for even greater development for 5-year Local Plan review? | East Devon Watch