Chief exec defends planning process

PUBLISHED: 13:01 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:01 13 February 2013

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The chief executive of the district council has responded to an assertion that the authority would be ‘corrupt’ if they rubberstamped plans for 350 homes at Plumb Park.

This week an application was lodged for 350 homes over the next five years on land owned by Clinton Devon Estates.

Last week a reader, Chloe Fox, in a letter, concluded with the statement that if planning permission is granted for Plumb Park it would show that the planning process in this part of Devon is “corrupt beyond redemption or common sense”.

Mark Williams, on behalf of councillors and officers said: “Such a wild and unsubstantiated statement not only casts a slur on the honest and diligent staff of EDDC’s planning service, but also seeks to demean elected councillors who are doing what they were elected to do and governing the district with care and consideration for the general benefit.”

He said that ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion’ and there is probably no greater cause of local dissent than planning matters.

But he added: “That does not – or should not – entitle those who have a different agenda to make offensive comments about people who have taken the trouble to understand the tight constraints of planning regulation.

“We work within those constraints to deliver homes for people to live in and jobs to help people earn a living, whilst doing our best to protect the outstanding environment that is East Devon.”

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