The government’s relaxed planning rules are causing mayhem in East Devon, with a large number of speculative major planning applications targeted in locations that developers wouldn’t have stood a chance of getting consent in previously.

In some places, there huge pressure on services such as schools, roads and doctors surgeries, as a result.

The national planning policy framework (nppf) also states that highways officers can now only object to planning applications if the impact on traffic is “severe.” 

Around 235 houses proposed at Feniton (growth of the village by 40 per cent) are deemed to be acceptable in traffic terms, thanks to the nppf. 

Many people are worried that EDDC’s local plan will not be deemed acceptable by the planning inspector in February, leading to more even more large scale speculative applications.

Next Thursday (12 December) your Devon County councillors will have the opportunity to vote on a motion (proposed by Libdem, Cllr Julian Brazil – and seconded by me) to voice their concerns about the nppf, to the government.

Unfortunately, the conservatives, which have a large majority at DCC, are expected to vote en bloc, against this motion and downplay the major problems we are facing.

If you are worried about the loose planning rules you may like to get in touch with your county councillor and urge them to support the motion.  In East Devon, these are:

Axminster – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (Con)
Honiton St Paul’s – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Con)
Honiton St Michael’s – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Con)
Whimple and Broadclyst – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (Con)
Budleigh Salterton – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (Con)
Exmouth Halsdon & Woodbury – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Con)
Sidmouth Sidford – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Con)
Seaton Coastal – Jim Knight – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Con)
Exmouth Littleham & Town – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Libdem)
Exmouth Brixington & Withycombe – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (UKIP)

Watch the debate live next Thursday (12 December) here – http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/

Here’s the agenda. The meeting starts at 2.15pm.  This motion will be debated at item 11.  http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/councildemocracy/decision_making/cma/cma_document.htm?cmadoc=agenda_dcc_20131212.html