• Permissive planning rules continue in East Devon as housing projection assessment document delayed

    20th August 2014 | News | Claire
  • The document was expected to be published over the summer, but a report to next Tuesday’s development management committee states that it is not possible to say when the work will be completed.

    The lack of a five year supply of land for housing will also continue into the future, meaning that planning officers will need to use the permissive national planning policy framework as their main guide, rather than a local document.

    The report states:  “At this stage it is not possible to provide a timetable for completion of the full SHMA (strategic housing market assessment) work. There are complexities to the task that will need working through. However officers of all of the authorities involved in the commission are working together to come to a final set of recommendations on the objectively assessed housing numbers for the SHMA as a whole and for the individual authorities.”

    The report adds:  “In the meantime based on the available information we can only conclude that we do not have a 5 year housing land supply and continue to consider application accordingly.”

    The report suggests that the “growth point” area, near junction 29 of the M5, will cause many businesses to set up and as a result housing should be factored in to address the extra jobs.

    However, despite vigorous marketing, few businesses have so far relocated to, or set up at “growth point.”

    Here’s EDDC’s press release is here – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/communications_and_consultation.htm?newsid=1174

    The short report will be available here when uploaded – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/development_management_agenda_mins_remit.htm

    The report will come before EDDC’s development management committee on Tuesday 26 August, starting at 2pm.