• EDDC’s cabinet set to oppose National Park proposal

    12th June 2013 | News | Claire
  • An officer paper included with this evening’s agenda strongly opposes the idea and recommends that councillors object to the plans.  The printed recommendation is as follows:

    That we advise:
    a) Natural England and DEFRA; and

    b) the Dorset and East Devon National Park Group;

    that this Council opposes proposals for a New National Park in East Devon that straddles the County boundary into Dorset for the following key reasons:

    1. It would result in inappropriate loss of District Council planning powers across a large part of East Devon;

    2. It could frustrate, restrict or otherwise prevent necessary rural based growth and development across a large part of East Devon thus restricting efforts to address areas of low skill, low wages, economic weakness and housing shortage, especially affordable housing;

    3. It could result in unnecessary and difficult to resist consequential development pressure in towns and villages westwards from Honiton along and linking into the A30 and northwards from Exmouth along and linking into the A376 with resulting adverse amenity and environmental impact on those communities. In addition, further pressure on jobs and housing could impact on new developments in the west of East Devon & Exeter Growth Area.

    4. Sensitive but non-National Park designated areas of the District may come under increasing and concentrated development pressure.

    5. We have an established and very successful East Devon AONB (and supporting partnership board) that already provides for protection and enhancement of the landscape and environment and supports appropriate sustainable development.EDDC Leader, Cllr Paul Diviani, was interviewed on BBC Radio Devon this morning, speaking against the proposal.

    At last Thursday’s overview and scrutiny committee, it was agreed that the proposal for a National Park in East Devon would be called-in for scrutiny, on the basis that it was set to be thrown out by a small group of conservative councillors, who form the cabinet.

    The full paper can be viewed at the link below from page 92.- http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/cabinet_agenda_120613_public_version.pdf 

    Further information and a positive view on proposals, can be found here – http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=National+Park