It will be the last time the plan is debated prior to being rubber stamped at next week’s full council meeting on Wednesday 25 July.

The most controversial aspect of tomorow’s debate will be the highly unpopular 12 acres of industrial land proposed for Sidford. 

Campaign group, Save Our Sidmouth will deliver a petition to the committee and will speak against the proposed industrial estate, as well as the selling off of EDDC’s Knowle offices and grounds.

Town councils have been invited to present their views at the meeting and Judith Reynolds from Ottery St Mary Town Council will be representing Ottery. 

Although Ottery Town Council is now happier with the housing allocation of 300 for the town, councillors are still trying to reduce the amount of land allocated for industrial use. 

Two hectares (around five acres) is proposed for Ottery, despite numerous empty units and previously allocated industrial land, which has still not come forward for development.

East Devon Business Forum has heavily influenced the levels of industrial or ‘employment land’ across the district, overriding two independent consultant reports, which advised that East Devon needed very little of this sort of land, largely due to the existing and numerous empty units.

Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 10am and is expected to continue until around lunchtime.  The agenda can be accessed here:  http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_sp_dmc_agenda_170712_part1.pdf

The full council meeting next week (on Wednesday 25 July), will also include a debate on my notice of motion, relating to East Devon Business Forum.  The meeting starts at 6.30pm and members of public are invited to attend and (speak at the beginning of the meeting).

Following this meeting the local plan will be available for a short public consultation, before it is submitted to the planning inspector, along with all the consultation responses.  Anyone who wishes the planning inspector to consider their submission must make their views known to EDDC in this next consultation period.

I will make information available on how to do this nearer the time.