Full council will make a decision on the new Local Plan on 26 March

On Monday 23 March, the Special Development Management Committee met to discuss proposed changes to the Local Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy Draft Charging Schedule.

Key proposed changes to the Local Plan, which have been endorsed include:

  • The Local Plan period will start on 1 April 2013 and end on 31 March 2031.
  • Will provide an Objectively Assessed Housing figure of 950 new homes per year (17,100 new homes over the 18-year period).
  • The plan provides for 18,241 new homes over the plan period, this is to provide certainty that the objectively assessed housing need will be met, given that some sites may not come forward.
  • At Cranbrook an additional 1,850 homes are proposed over and above those previously included in the new Local Plan.
  • At the Intermodal site a safeguarding area of land has been allocated for a railhead.
  • The reserve site at Seaton will no longer be included.

All recommendations were passed, but the following key amendments were made to the draft Local Plan:

  • Clyst St Mary – a new policy was proposed for the redevelopment of the redundant office complex at Winslade Park and land adjoining Clyst St Mary. The proposed Greenfield land allocation to the north of Clyst St Mary has been removed and the total housing allocation figure for the village has been reduced to 150 on Brownfield land.
  • Dunkeswell – this village is to be included in the number of settlements with a Built-up-Area Boundary. There are now 15 villages with a Built-up-Area Boundary (plus Colyton).
  • Cranbrook –  The Cranbrook Plan Study Area has been amended to show ‘Green Wedges’ between Cranbrook, Rockbeare and Whimple. The Green Wedge policy restricts development in these areas (shown shaded green on the plan) in order to maintain a separate identity for these settlements.

Recommendations from the committee will go forward to the Extra Ordinary meeting of the council on 26 March. Council will then make a formal decision to seek the view of the Inspector with regards to the appropriateness of future consultation. This will then be followed by a six-week public consultation.