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We have produced a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) relating to ‘Planning Obligations’.  Initial consultation on this document was undertaken between 28 November 2016 and 16 January 2017.  The responses to this consultation have been collated and summarised and are set out in the Revised Consultation Statement.  The SPD has also been revised in response to the representations received.  A further period of consultation on these documents will be undertaken between 5 April 2017 and 15 May 2017.  Comments should be marked 'Planning Obligations SPD' and emailed to planningpolicy@eastdevon.gov.uk or sent in writing to:

Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Station Road, Sidmouth  EX10 8HL

The SPD will provide clarity to developers, decision makers, stakeholders and local communities regarding the basis on which planning obligations will be sought when considering planning applications in East Devon.  In the form of a legal agreement, planning obligations are secured to ensure that development mitigates the impacts of, and provides for the requirements arising from, development in a sustainable way.

The SPD details the obligations that may be required from different types and amounts of development and sets out the basis on which the level of obligation will be calculated, where appropriate.  It complements and provides further guidance to the policy approach set out in the District Council’s East Devon Local Plan (Adopted January 2016) and will assist in securing the provision of high quality, sustainable new development supported by appropriate infrastructure provision. The SPD forms a material planning consideration in the determination of planning applications and will ensure that decisions are made in a consistent way.

The SPD also adds detail to Strategy 50 of the East Devon Local Plan which addresses Infrastructure Delivery.

The revised draft Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document and draft documents that support it are listed below:

Feedback from the consultation will inform any subsequent amendments to the final version of the SPD, which it is hoped will be adopted in Spring 2017.  The responses to the initial consultation may be viewed below:

18 - Seaton Town Council
34 - Axminster Town Council
124 - South West Water 1
124 - South West Water 2
135 - Colyton Parish Council
261 - Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council
526 - The Woodland Trust
553 - The Equality and Human Rights Commission
1608 - Councillor J Elson
3209 - David Lock Associates for East Devon New Community Partners (EDNCp)
3301 - Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners for Bourne Leisure
3347 - PCL Planning for Client Group
3712 - Environment Agency
3712 - Sustainable Places Environment Agency
3743 - Natural England
5122 - Rapleys for Crown Estate
6128 - Blue Cedar Homes
6154 - South Somerset District Council
6200 - Barton Willmore for Taylor Wimpey
6324 - Devon County Council
6753 - Planning Issues for Churchill Retirement
7207 - Cranbrook Town Council
7647 - Persimmon Homes
7715 - Collier Planning for Baker Estates Ltd
7716 - Redrow Homes Westcountry Ltd
7717 - The Cavanna Group