West Dorset eyes East Devon AONB for expansion of Lyme Regis….
As part of the National Planning Policy Framework, work has already been completed on behalf of Uplyme and the rest of Trinity in the draft East Devon Local Plan. Councils and other public bodies are expected to work together across administrative boundaries to plan for the housing, transport and infrastructure that local people need.
West Dorset District Council, draft Local Plan now published….
Section 15, covers Lyme Regis, starts on page 119 of the draft. Section 15.3 is relevant to part of Trinity Ward in East Devon;
“FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES AROUND LYME REGIS
Land west of Shire Lane in the adjoining area of East Devon has been suggested as a possible development site that relates well to Lyme Regis. Other sites may also exist. West Dorset District Council will work with East Devon District Council, Lyme Regis Town Council and Uplyme Parish Council to explore whether there are opportunities in the adjoining area of East Devon that could potentially help meet the local needs of both parishes, and how this could be reflected in a development plan.”
And further relating to land around Lyme Regis;
“The district council will work with East Devon District Council, Lyme Regis Town Council and Uplyme Parish Council to explore options to support the long-term growth of Lyme Regis.”
The full version can be viewed online at: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/newlocalplan/west/weymouth
West Dorset DC has arranged a Consultation Event at The Woodbridge Halls, Lyme Regis on the Thursday 21st June between 1pm and 7pm.
I have not been involved in discussions with West Dorset District Council on their draft Local Plan.
I updated Parish Council Members and the public in my report to the meeting of Uplyme Parish Council on 13th June. It appears that neither Parish Council Members nor public present, had been involved, was aware of the publication of the West Dorset Local Plan draft, the timescale for consultation, or the Consultation Event in Lyme on the 21st June.
Please publish your comments on the West Dorset draft by, Friday 27th July, through;
National Planning Policy Framework…
The Government Planning document with which Local Plans must comply, states that Local Planning authorities should; ”….maintain the character of the undeveloped coast, protecting and enhancing its distinctive landscapes, particularly in areas defined as Heritage Coast…” (page 26)
“Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty…” (again page 26).
Draft East Devon Local Plan….
Consultation on the Draft East Devon Local Plan is now largely complete and can be viewed online at: http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/drafteastdevonlocalplan.htm
This includes detail of;
– Habitat Regulation Assessment on the coastline between Seaton and Lyme Regis designated under European legislation (Section 5.6, Page 24).
– The International designation of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage site (Section 18.46, P156).
– Confirmation of a retention of a Built Area Boundary for Uplyme and an assignment of 20 new houses in the period 2006 – 2026 (in common with most other village settlements – approx. 5% of the number of houses in the Built-Up Area Boundary as at 31st March 2011 rounded to the nearest 5). The parishes of Axmouth, Combpyne-Rousdon and Uplyme are grouped as well as considered individually, for assessment of ‘affordable’ housing needs.
Draft Strategy 40, Covers Landscape Conservation and Enhancement and AONB’s and states that “….Development will only be permitted where it:
1. Conserves and enhances the landscape character of the area; and
2. Does not undermine landscape quality; and
3. Is appropriate to the economic, social and wellbeing of the area….when considering development in or affecting AONB’s, great weight will be given to conserving and enhancing their natural beauty…”
What do you think?
I would appreciate the views of residents in Uplyme and beyond, before forming a view on the wisdom or potential effect on the Nationally and Internationally designated East Devon landscape of any possible expansion of Lyme Regis, beyond its existing built-boundary, into the East Devon AONB, west of Shire Lane or elsewhere.
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Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
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