Today’s news that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is intent on slackening laws to protect the most sensitive wildlife sites, could place some of the most special parts of East Devon under pressure from development.
A report recommending approval last month for a 15-house scheme at Westhayes, West Hill, has now been brought forward to the December Development Management Committee meeting, recommended for refusal.
A major policy document, outlining East Devon District Council’s plans for long-term economic growth was on the verge of being published for consultation, without most councillors seeing a copy or being given the opportunity to comment, it emerged last night.
A meeting will take place to debate the revised Local Plan (formerly Local Development Framework) and decide on a response to the consultation, which starts on 1 December.
A move will take place next week (starting Tuesday 29th November) to restore West Hill Play Park to its former state, following South West Water’s work last month.
An application to build around 140 houses on the edge of Ottery St Mary will be submitted in the new year, according to landowner and developer, Redrow Homes.
From Andrew Lainton’s planning blog:
Eric Pickles MP was this week reported to have said that the final National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will be published ‘in a month or so’ carefully timed to appear in the christmas break, when parliament is not is in session and most of the media are on holiday.
From The Guardian, Saturday 19 November 2011
Barrat, Bovis and Redrow were among firms that pressed for ‘presumed yes’ response to development applications.
More West Hill roads will be gritted during the winter, thanks to a pioneering project driven by the generosity of one resident and Devon County Council.