• Scrutiny committee to debate planning and housing supply

    20th March 2013 | News | Claire
  • Councillors will decide whether the East Devon Business Forum (EDBF) scrutiny committee should have planning within its remit, following ongoing anger about the group being advised by EDDC chief executive that it cannot discuss the subject because of the possibility of unlawfulness.

    At last week’s EDBF scrutiny committee, many members of the public challenged Mark Williams, chief executive on his advice, but he stuck to his guns.

    The other contentious subject up for discussion at the meeting is the five year housing land supply issue. 

    A three page report is published with the papers (not yet online), with the following (rather odd) recommendation:  “That the committee recognises the importance of examination of the Local Plan, through which the process of housing requirement and supply of sites will be determined to establish a six year land supply.”

    Other papers attached include the paper that went to the development management committee on 5 February, that no members of the public nor non-committee councillors were allowed to speak at, and some examples of planning appeal decisions.

    As soon as the agenda is published online I will include the link. 

    The overview and scrutiny committee meeting takes place on Thursday 28 March, starting at 6.30pm. Members of the public are invited to speak during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting (subject to chairman’s discretion)