• Debate to take place on ‘windfall’ development

    9th July 2012 | News | Claire
  • Cllr Roger Giles has lodged a notice of motion for the next meeting, which calls on the Government to include ‘windfalls’ in housing allocations for communities. 

    Currently, housing allocations for each town and village under the Local Plan is in addition to houses built in gardens, or even affordable housing schemes, such as the one in Tipton St John approved last month for 15 houses, two thirds of which will be affordable.

    This is clearly nonsensical and significantly increases the number of houses built in any area, with no allowance made for necessary infrastructure.

    Five councillors must support a notice of motion for it to be allowed to be debated, including the proposer.  The councillors supporting Roger Giles’ motion are:

    me, Ben Ingham (leader of the independent group), Douglas Hull (libdem), Trevor Cope (ind)

    The motion is as follows:

    “This Council believes that it should have the ability to decide the number of houses to be provided within its boundaries as part of the strategic planning process.

    Key factors to be considered in arriving at the appropriate level of housing provision include local need, the views of residents of East Devon, and the environmental, infrastructure and other constraints.

    This council is concerned that windfall developments can distort the agreed housing allocation. This Council therefore calls on Government to change the guidance to Councils producing Local Plans so that windfall developments are included in the overall housing allocations, rather than additional to the housing allocations.”

    The debate will take place at the full council meeting on Wednesday 25 July.  The meeting starts at 6.30pm.