East Devon Local Plan Hearings start…
One main story this month, written from the Knowle as the first Hearing of the Inspectors examination of the East Devon Local Plan on ‘Legal and Procedural Requirements’ was about to commence. The examination is scheduled to run through to the beginning of March, with a response expected from the Inspector in the summer. The first hearing was important for Uplyme and the East end of East Devon. It centred around the principle of a ‘duty to co-operate’ with our neighbours, and the potential need to accommodate a significant amount of the housing, identified by West Dorset for Lyme Regis, in Uplyme within East Devon. The Inspector considered three submissions which are summarised below:
1. Savills on behalf of Hallam Land Management Ltd & The Pinhay Estate
The statement concluded that;
“The (East Devon Local) plan fails to acknowledge the cross-boundary issues that need to be addressed in order to provide a sustainable framework for growth at Lyme Regis that addresses the strategic priority of meeting housing and jobs needs in the area. The unmet growth requirements from West Dorset at Lyme Regis can reasonably be met within East Devon in a sustainable manner in accordance with the policies in the NPPF, but this has not been addressed in the Plan.
The plan fails to meet both the legal requirement of the Duty to Co-operate and the tests of soundness which require the plan to be positively prepared, based on a strategy that meets objectively assessed development requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities, and effective, based on joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities. This issue relates specifically to the growth needs of Lyme Regis and can be resolved by provision in the plan for 350 – 400 homes east end of the District adjoining Lyme Regis. The following policy wording is proposed:
LAND AT THE EAST END OF THE DISTRICT ADJOINING LYME REGIS
The district council will work with West Dorset District Council, Lyme Regis Town Council and Uplyme Parish Council to identify land to provide 350-400 homes to meet the growth needs of Lyme Regis within East Devon”See full submission – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/6207-pinhayestatehearing1.pdf
2. West Dorset District Council Submission…
The representation summarised the West Dorset District Council view that;
“As currently drafted, the plan is not considered to be positively prepared, given that it potentially compromises the ability to deliver future growth that will contribute towards meeting the needs of the nearby town of Lyme Regis. There are strong views locally about the need for affordable housing at Lyme Regis, and a significant number on the housing register, which have been a reason for seeking development allocations in the location.
However, in terms of the Duty to Cooperate, we do consider that the cross-boundary matters have been fully investigated during the preparation of the plan and do not raise any problems with its strategy. We do not consider that it creates a problem in terms of meeting our district-wide development needs.”
See full submission –http://www.trinitymatters.co.uk/east-devon-district-council/eddc-planning/814-local-plan-hearing-1-west-dorset-dc-submission
3. East Devon District Council Response…
The East Devon paper was the response to questions which have already been asked by the Inspector and can be viewed online at:
See full submission – https://trinitymatters.co.uk/east-devon-district-council/eddc-planning/815-local-plan-hearing-1-eddc-response
About the examination…
Anthony Thickett has been appointed as inspector. He will conduct the examination to decide whether the East Devon Local Plan is sound, and complies with all the legal requirements. The overall examination will run for almost a month and will still be happening when you receive this magazine. It looks at how the Council proposes to tackle issues like affordable housing, employment, tourism and retail, climate change and the natural environment. There is a session centred on each of the seven towns in East Devon.The sessions are open to the public and give an insight into the development of the Local Plan, so fundamental in shaping our future in Uplyme.Full Examination details with papers for each session are available online at: www.eastdevon.gov.uk/progofficer.htmwith updates on my website and through Twitter and Facebook as more information becomes available.
Cllr Ian Thomas – Trinity Ward, East Devon District Council
Inform – Consult – Participate
Please Note :
I draw your attention to my declaration of personal interests published on the East Devon District Council website.
This article is published to meet the promises I made to the residents of Trinity Ward, that I would ensure that they are the best informed residents in East Devon, and beyond, on subjects which may be regarded as affecting the Ward.
The information above is in the public domain and the sumission quoted verbatim. Publication should not be taken to imply any personal view of the wisdom or otherwise of the specific representation made.