The timetable for a major inquiry that will determine the timescale of the Dinan Way extension and determine new homes in Exmouth for the next decade, and beyond, has been announced.

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On February 11, government inspector Anthony Thickett will start his 19-day public examination of the Draft Local Plan submitted by East Devon District Council (EDDC), writes David Beasley.

Proceedings will last for just under one month and in that time the inspector will hear evidence from EDDC, from community organisations and protest groups and from land owners and developers in the district.

The inquiry will cover all aspects of the Draft Local Plan, looking at how EDDC proposes to tackle issues like affordable housing, employment, tourism, jobs, climate change, travellers’ sites and the environment.

There will be sessions focusing on each East Devon town – the Exmouth hearing is scheduled for 9.30am on Wednesday, March 5.

Speakers include Eagle Investments, who have proposed an Upper Lovering Farm development, Exmouth Residents’ and Traders’ Association, Leisiure East Devon (LED), and the Green Party.

The inspectors will consider whether EDDC’s Local Plan is ‘justified’, effective and consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Councillor Helen Parr, chairman of EDDC’s development management committee, said: “This is the last round of a process.

“It will help to determine how many homes may be built for our young people, whether they have jobs, how we deal with climate change, how we handle pressure for development and how we protect the environment.

“At stake is the future prosperity, wellbeing and living standards of everyone living and growing up in East Devon, as well as those from elsewhere who want to come here and share this special place with us.”

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