The appeal is being regarded as a test case as developers, Blue Cedar Homes, are challenging East Devon District Council’s policy on the way it calculates its housing land supply. East Devon splits the district in half, rather than the supply being calculated across the district as a whole, as many other authorities do.
Several residents spoke at the inquiry, as did a representative from West Hill Residents Association and Cllr Tony Howard. I was unable to make representations as my parents live near to the land in question, which means I have a prejudicial interest.
If the appeal, which took three days in the form of a court case at EDDC’s offices, is successful, it could have significant implications for past and future planning decisions in the district.
The planning inspector will now consider both parties cases and is expected to return a decision by the end of November.