December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A fresh public consultation was launched last week by district planners on part of a blueprint for new homes.
The local plan sets out how many homes and how much employment land there should be in East Devon up to 2026.
In Exmouth there could mean more than 800 new homes over that period.
A decision to go ahead with a six-week consultation was made by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Development Management Committee.
It follows the inspector Anthony Thickett rejecting the EDDC’s final draft of the local plan because changes were made without a public consultation first.
He listed 53 changes made to the draft document that should have warranted a public consultation before it was sent to Whitehall chiefs for approval.
EDDC had judged that the changes were ‘minor’ but Mr Thickett ruled that 53 changes were ‘major’ and a new consultation was needed.
The new consultation will cover all the changes made and not just the 53 mentioned by the inspector.
But it is only those changes to the earlier version of the plan that may be the subject of any new comments.
An EDDC spokesman said: “This does not present an opportunity for anyone to comment on any other elements of the draft local plan.”
Anyone can access the consultation pages on EDDC’s website at: http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/lpchanges
The closing date for responses is Monday October 7 at 12pm.