Blueprint for housing and other development is subject to Inspector's questions

Eight-week consultation on draft Local Plan starting on 16 April

A fresh public consultation on the future blueprint for planning in East Devon will be launched on Thursday 16 April and will run until Friday 12 June.

Planning Inspector Anthony Thickett has advised East Devon District Council of the matters that he wishes to see consulted upon, following the completion of extra work that planning officers were required to do to supplement the previously submitted draft Local Plan.

The Inspector has given the council a list of questions and these will be available for interested members of the public to view online, at Knowle and at libraries and town council offices across the district for a period of eight weeks.

Awareness

Awareness of the latest opportunity to comment on aspects of the draft Local Plan 2013-2031 will be raised via a number of channels, including public notices, a press release, social media, EDDC’s website, emails and letters to all individuals and agents on the Planning Policy service’s database, and documents placed in council offices and libraries, plus Exeter Central Library.

As before, it will be possible for people to submit comments online or on forms that may be emailed or sent through the post. These will be available on the council’s website and at the various access points around East Devon. Details about the consultation are available on the New Local Plan and current consultations page.

In this final round of consultation, the council will be asking residents to comment only on revisions to the earlier version of the draft Local Plan.

The Inspector’s questions that are open for comment will be grouped together in four clusters, plus there will be a fifth section for comment on any proposed changes not covered by the Inspector’s questions.

The four specific clusters concern:

  • Housing levels and development in the plan
  • Gypsy and Traveller provision
  • Site allocations
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Each access point will have a package of information available, including guidance notes explaining what the Inspector wants to know and how to fill in the electronic forms or paper documents.

Comments must be received by 12 noon on Friday 12 June 2015 at the very latest. The responses received will be collated and sent on direct to the Inspector for his consideration. It is anticipated that the Inspector will be able to reconvene hearing sessions in July.

Any enquiries relating to the Examination of the two documents should be addressed to the Programme Officer, Amanda Coombes, at the Council Offices in Sidmouth, via email or by telephone: 01395 571682.