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East Devon Seeks Help in Shaping the District

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is going public with its latest set of ideas for shaping the development of the district's housing and employment land over the next 16 years. And once again the Council is looking for feedback from the public to help finalise the district blueprint.

The results of previous public consultation exercises on the Local Development Framework are contained in a report that goes to a special meeting of EDDC's Overview and Scrutiny Co-ordinating Committee tonight (Tuesday 2 February) *.

The future shape of development in East Devon cannot be separated from the needs of its successful and rapidly growing neighbour - the city of Exeter. But provision for Exeter must be achieved without adversely affecting EDDC's ability to meet local need in East Devon's market and coastal towns and rural communities.

Impact

EDDC is open-minded about how it may end up meeting the housing, employment and other objectives it has been set by the Government.

Communities will be able to say what they like and what they don't like - but they will also need to understand the impact of decisions taken now on their future employment, education and social growth in future generations.

During the Spring of 2010, EDDC Members and Officers will be taking a close look at the latest progress made with tackling these challenges, much of it based on the results of previous public consultation.

The aim is to produce a set of documents that make up East Devon's Local Development Framework (LDF) to replace the current Local Plan. A key component of the LDF is a ‘Core Strategy' document and it is this document that EDDC wishes to have in final draft form by the Autumn.

The Council wants to ensure that the public understand what needs to be done and the key role they can play in coming up with the best answers to the challenges.

Among these challenges are:

  • How many dwellings are to be built and where they are, broadly speaking, to be located
  • Where new employment uses and of what type and what scale are to be located
  • What essential physical and social and community infrastructure is required and in what locations
  • How green infrastructure is to be provided and how we ensure the environment is protected and enhanced.

It is not the role of the Core strategy to address matters of detail, nor to allocate or identify specific sites for development purposes other than in respect of strategic sites.

The Local Development Framework Issues and Options report was made available for public consultation between 1 December 2008 and 13 February 2009, with a questionnaire posing a series of questions.  Responses were submitted by 478 individuals and organisations.

In addition to these responses, many respondents submitted supporting representations and documentation. The responses and supporting documentation (saved as pdf files) can be viewed in full on the Council's Planning Policy Consultation Portal on the Council website:

http://eastdevon-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal

The report going to Members on 2 February gives details of this feedback. It also sets out ideas that will be debated in the coming months, including:

  • To what extent the new community of Cranbrook can answer the district's housing needs
  • A further option for an urban extension to Exeter, including land adjacent to the Science Park or near Pinhoe
  • Issues around transportation links, education, environmental impact and sustainability
  • Requirements set out by the latest version(s) of the Government's Regional Spatial Strategy document for the South West

Social issues to be considered include:

  • Affordable housing
  • Economic growth
  • Social inclusiveness
  • Population and health
  • Settlement ‘liveability'

Other issues include:

  • Environmental protection and enhancement
  • Biodiversity
  • Transport
  • Climate change
  • Energy consumption

The study will look at how we can best capture the visions that towns and parishes in East Devon have for their future development going forward. Town and Parish councils, as well as business groups, will have an opportunity to put their views and preferences forward.

Residents' groups will also be invited to take part in the consultation exercise and give EDDC their ideas. The consultation exercise will result in a draft Core Strategy Document, produced towards the end of the Summer.

This will be debated by EDDC members in the Autumn, ready for submission to the Secretary of State towards the end of 2010.

* The report can be accessed online at:

http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/oscc_ldf_report_020210.pdf

For further press information please contact:

Nick Stephen, Communications Officer, on 01395 517 559

East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8HL