The EDDC Development Management Committee today (Friday 18th November) agreed the draft East Devon Local Plan Document.
This means that the new planning blueprint for East Devon has completed its passage through the committee stage at EDDC, and will shortly be put out for public review.
Homes and jobs for East Devon people remain at the forefront of the Council’s aims, coupled with conserving and enhancing the district’s unique environment.
Members of the Council’s Development Management Committee (DMC) studied the document from cover to cover, before giving the thumbs up for it to be adopted as the latest draft version of the Local Plan.
The Consultation Draft Plan will be amended in line with the DMC Members’ comments and it will then be made available for a public review that will start on 1 December and run through to the end of January 2012.
EDDC will be promoting the public review through its website, through news columns of the local press and through full-page advertisements in local newspapers.
The Council will also be drawing attention to the Local Plan Review through a leaflet being sent to every home in the district. The annual mail-out contains details of changes to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year holiday, and informs residents about a document called Shaping our Future. This summarises the way EDDC is proposing to manage services to the public over the next four years.
Feedback on the planning blueprint will be used to fine tune these proposals to produce a revised version of the Local Plan for further review and formal examination by the Government in 2012/13.
The Draft Local Plan puts forward a holistic approach to planning policy in the district for the coming 15 years, setting out clearly where the main growth areas for housing and jobs are likely to be, whilst enabling rural areas to develop at their own chosen pace. There are individual chapters on each of the seven main towns, plus a separate section dealing with the West End, where much of the housing and employment growth is expected to take place.
The document also places great stress on assisting the rural economy and protecting Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Jurassic Coast, and other sites of environmental importance.
At Friday’s DMC meeting, members also discussed the Government’s Localism Act and National Planning Policy Framework and the impact that Westminster’s ideas could have on East Devon.