• Five year land supply will be resolved by Local Plan adoption

    7th July 2013 | News | Claire
  • Local Plan adoption is scheduled to take place next year … providing that the planning inspector does not have any significant objections.

    Currently, there is only a 4.71 years supply of land for housing, as assessed against 2008 regional spatial strategy figures. This means a shortfall of well over 1000 houses. And of course EDDC is subject to a penalty of having to provide a further year’s supply, because it was deemed to have persistent under-delivery of a five year supply.

    A lack of a five year housing supply puts EDDC at risk of speculative inappropriate planning applications by developers.  Currently, many of these speculative large-scale planning applications, including at Feniton, have been rejected by the development management committee, despite officer recommendations to approve.

    Feniton, among other communities is waiting on tenterhooks for the appeal decisions, which have come in for all three major applications in the village.  Appeal hearings have yet to be scheduled.

    Lack of a five year housing supply means a very worrying time for many communities in East Devon, some of which fear becoming completely swamped with inappropriate development – in the case of Feniton, it is facing three major appeals for housing totalling well over 200 dwellings.  It has already received 50 on appeal.  The village was supposed to get 35 until 2026!

    Basically, we’re now all in the hands of the planning inspector, whose decision will be scrutinised by every developer in East Devon.

    A paper on the current status of the five year land supply can be found with the agenda papers for the development management committee meeting, on Tuesday 16 July, starting from 2pm.

    Here’s the full agenda – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_dm_agenda_160713.pdf 

    Photograph: The lovely Camp Field at Feniton, which is facing an appeal to build 120 houses.