EDDC’s £50k for planning appeals

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
12:43 PM

EAST Devon District Council (EDDC) has set aside £50,000 for legal fees due to the increased likelihood of planning appeals.

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The authority, which currently has no Local Plan in place, has earmarked the amount in its budget for 2104/15.

“It’s impossible to say whether an appeal can be linked to the lack of a Local Plan or whether it may be for other unconnected reasons,” said a spokesman. The budget for the council’s planning policy budget for 2013/14 was increased by £110,000 to cover Local Plan inquiry costs - which includes staffing, Inspector’s fees and advertising.

A further £50,000 is held in reserve.

With the Inquiry running in February and March, the spokesman said that costs ‘may slip into 2014/15’.

“The balance of any underspend will be carried forward to 2014/15. At this point in time the budget will cover the estimated costs, which so far are £25,000,” he added.

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