Agreed by the rather thin on the ground members of the East Devon Business Forum scrutiny committee, this evening, was the following remit, proposed by me:

“To consider the appropriateness of the amount of employment land provided in the East Devon local plan, and the methodology for reaching this level of provision, including possible flaws in the analysis employed.

“To establish clearly the process by which land allocations were suggested, and by whom.”

The group was restricted following the rules agreed at the full council meeting last month.  The resolution at full council stated the following:  “That the remit of the business task and finish forum include employment land planning issues (but not individual planning allocations) without delaying the development of the Local Plan or impingeing on the police investigation currently being carried out.”

Many thanks to Cllr Graham Troman, the committee’s chairman, who has doggedly pursued this issue – and to those who made helpful suggestions regarding a possible framework for the committee to look at planning.

There will be another wait for the next (I believe fourth) meeting though, as it isn’t until Monday 2 September, at 6pm, in the council chamber.