There had been reports that the Cabinet looked "set to reject overtures from campaigners keen to establish a third National Park in the West Country"
Devon and Dorset site would encompass Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and fossil beaches and cliffs famous for Mary Anning | This is Somerset
Claire Wright - Your Independent East Devon District Councillor for Ottery Rural
However, following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 12th June, "East Devon District Council has already recommended councillors oppose the plans over concerns they could lose planning powers. Paul Diviani, leader of EDDC, said if they lost planning powers it could put pressure for housing on other areas not designated as part of the national park."
Our national Jurassic Park (From Dorset Echo)
As reported in the Sidmouth Herald:
Park still a possibilityA recommendation to oppose the inclusion of Sidmouth and East Devon's AONB in a new national park was rejected following talks this week.
Plans to connect a number of protected sites in the region and Dorset have been proposed by a campaign group - but District Council officers fear that move would cost the authority planning powers.
They wanted the suggestion to be dismissed amid concerns any such move would put 'enormous pressure' on housing and restrict where development could take place.
The Dorset and East Devon National Park Group says its proposals would lead to economic, social and environmental benefits. But EDDC Cabinet members rules that the 'important issue' required further debate when they met on Wednesday and refused to rule out the bid at such an early stage.
During the Cabinet debate, Council Leader Cllr Paul Diviani pointed out that National Parks, compared to AONBs, attracted almost four times the financial support from central government.
Earlier in the day, Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce had voted unanimously to support the idea.
It has already been enthusiastically received by Save Our Sidmouth campaigners the town's Hospitality Association and the Heart of Devon Tourism Board - with the scheme lauded as a 'marketing dream'.
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The debate and recommendations can be seen in the Minutes to the meeting:
And the full Agenda item 18 at:
However, here is a slightly different take, from an independent witness to the proceedings: