MP: Only Local Plan can save Clyst Valley

PUBLISHED: 14:07 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:07 25 February 2015

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

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The only way to stop Clyst St Mary doubling in size is to get a local plan, according to East Devon MP Hugo Swire.

Mr Swire was speaking at a public meeting at Clyst St Mary village hall to discuss planning applications in the village.

He said: “I do not want there to be an urban sprawl, but there is huge pressure to build houses in the United Kingdom.

“We do need a local plan – the idea was, for the first time, to devolve responsibilities for where the planning is going to the local community.”

Applications to build 304 new houses on the Friends Provident site and 40 new homes near the football ground are still being discussed. A proposal for 93 new homes near the Cat and Fiddle pub has been turned down, however.

East Devon district councillor Paul Diviani has said that the authority’s local plan is unlikely until after the May general election.

East Devon District Council presented its draft Local Plan to a government inspector in February 2014, but was told there were ‘serious failings’ with the evidence it had used to calculate the number of new homes needed in the region.

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