Futures Forum: Local Plan: latest comment on 'minor to major' changes
East Devon District Council - News
Inspector rules that EDDC Local Plan must be resubmitted, after further public consultation | Save Our Sidmouth
Now EDDC’s Local Plan has to go back to the drawing board: 53 major problems | Sidmouth Independent News
EDDC’s Plan Unravels? | Sidmouth Independent News
The District Council had earlier expressed fears that any such delay would have worrying consequences, leaving East Devon 'vulnerable to speculative planning applications and development':
Under the rules for preparing local plans set out by the Government, changes to the draft plan must be minor or they will require another lengthy round of public consultation and analysis,setting back the process and delaying the completion of the plan.We have worked to avoid this as the prolonged absence of a ﬁnal local plan leaves our area more vulnerable to speculative planning applications and development in locations that are unacceptable to local people and the council.
Council counters criticism over Local Plan - News - Sidmouth Herald
These fears have been expressed elsewhere:
Just over half of English councils do not have an adopted local plan in place only three weeks before the government's planning reforms are due to fully come into force, according to figures published by countryside campaigners.
The biggest threat remains EDDC’s failure to get its housing land supply in order, and to have an approved Local Plan in place. Absence of an approved Local Plan means that developers can argue that there is no reason why Feniton shouldn’t take literally hundreds more houses. EDDC suffered a major blow this week when the Planning Inspectorate decided that recent changes EDDC had made to the Local Plan were, far from being minor, major enough to have to consult the public all over again.
Fight for Feniton’s report September 2013 |
So, will development in Newton Poppleford stop there, now its fulfillment of housing for the next 13 years is complete?
I find it very surprising that some people can agree with the outcome. It has only happened because EDDC has no five year land supply. Had the local plan been in operation this application would not have been allowed and would almost certainly have failed at appeal. If it had been turned down then would those who supported it this time have supported it next time? And, if so, why? The new Local Plan says that we do not need this development.
King Alfred Way | Sidmouth Independent News
On the other hand, there are arguments that that the District Council could be more 'proactive' in determining development:
Can you refuse developers when you have no 5/6 year land supply? Possibly | Sidmouth Independent News
Horsham Leaders Letter to Boles Confuses Several Issues | Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
An up to date explanation of the implications of having no 5 year land supply | Sidmouth Independent News
Martin Goodall's Planning Law Blog: Development management under the Localism Act
East Devon District Council 5 year land supply tactics criticised | Sidmouth Independent News
Key #NPPF 5 year Supply Appeal – 25 Year Supply and Still Loses, A Key Tactical Error by East Devon | Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
There has been severe criticism of the whole process of 'determining' the 5-Year Land Supply for housing in East Devon:
5 year | Search Results | Sidmouth Independent News
However, the District Council itself makes clear that the current Local Plan remains in place:
Current Local Plan (1995-2011)
The East Devon Local Plan (1995-2011) - Adopted July 2006. This document is the current, adopted Local Plan. It was adopted in 2006 and sets out the current planning policy for development In East Devon. The policies of the current adopted Local Plan will remain in place until the adoption of the New Local Plan (2006-2026). At this point all current policies will be superseded.
Development proposals are judged against the relevant policies of the development plan for the area. In East Devon, this is currently made up of the adopted East Devon Local Plan, the Devon Structure Plan and the Devon Minerals and Waste Local Plans.East Devon District Council - Planning Policy (inc LDF & Local Plan)
And yet, what will happen if the Inspector choses to reject the draft Local Plan in its entirity, rather than focus on '53 major problems'?
Council votes to suspend local plan examination
Back to the drawing board for South Somerset Local Plan | This is Dorset
Now this IS spooky | Sidmouth Independent News
And if the 5-Year Land Supply and the provisions for employment land in the draft Local Plan are proving so 'problematic', to what extent should the process of drafting these policies be examined?
Hull Local Plan rejected by HM Inspector; lessons to be learnt | WeAreResidents.org
Which brings matters back to the full circle of considering any 'influence' the East Devon Business Forum had on these procedures.
EDBF | Sidmouth Independent News
But for the time-being, the TAFF set up to consider the EDBF has been suspended - due to fears that the Local Plan would be further delayed,
presumably leaving East Devon 'vulnerable to speculative planning applications and development':
East Devon Business Forum Task and Finish Forum – latest news | Sidmouth Independent News
Claire Wright - Your Independent East Devon District Councillor for Ottery Rural
Futures Forum: Lobbying: East Devon Business Forum