Don’t do as I do, do as I say …..

20 Jun

Honiton Town Council recently discussed East Devon’s Local Plan according to this week’s Midweek Herald (page 19,  “Plan must be viable”).  There were objections to the amount of employment land,  the reduced amount of affordable housing, town council preferred sites not being shown on the Local Plan, objections to the allocation of land at Ottery Moor Lane for housing use only and the allocation west of Hayne Lane employment site being not supported by evidence or viability.

EDDC and Honiton Town Councillor Mike Allen is quoted as saying: “If we don’t put in a viable proposal to the planning inspector, it will be thrown out.  It continues “He raised concerns over the town council’s figures for affordable housing saying he felt that it needed to be more specific about the areas it felt were suitrable, or not, for development” and added that “the result is that we are getting new applications coming forward to build on AONB areas”, drawing attention to the plan for 180 homes on land at Heathfield in the AONB [see post below] which he said was the last thing the town council wanted.

Chairman of EDDC’s Local Plan Task and Finish Group which took evidence for and signed off on the current Local Plan:  Councillor Mike Allen.

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One Response to “Don’t do as I do, do as I say …..”

  1. Mike Allen February 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    The Plan which left my Committee was specifically made so that the town Council had the opportunity to specify where it wanted housing to go and left sites west of Hayne Lane in reserve until 2016 or later. The Town Council has yet to specify what it wants to zone as the best places for development.

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