THE NEW Local Plan for East Devon public review has now closed.
The Local Plan Panel will be meeting in March to look at the Public feedback and to complete this plan ready to submit to the Planning Inspectorate.
Individual comments were welcomed and many Town and Parish Councils have put their final views forward – some after public meetings held at the beginning of January.
The main themes of the East Devon Local Plan are providing growth in jobs and homes whilst preserving and enhancing East Devon’s unique environmental assets.
Councillor Mike Allen, Chairman of the Local Plan Panel for East Devon, acknowledged that the Local Plan will not be able to deliver everybody’s wish list. But he added: “We want to aim for jobs and suitable housing for young and elderly residents, as well as the broad range of working age people. Although we aim for about 15,000 new dwellings, we have an expectation that initial delivery of homes and office space will be slow until 2013 and that more development will only come with improved economic growth and especially growth in incomes.
He said green wedges will separate towns from each other and every attempt to preserve AONB and Agricultural Land is written into the plan.