Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Thousands more homes for region?

PUBLISHED: 06:00 22 August 2014

Archant

Thousands more homes may have to be built in East Devon than first thought - as more delays loom for a blueprint for the region’s future.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) currently estimates that 15,000 new dwellings are needed over the next dozen years.

But the authority still has not worked out the final number - six months after a Whitehall inspector first asked for it.

Inspector Anthony Thickett refused to rubberstamp EDDC’s housing estimate up to 2026, in its Local Plan, because of a lack of evidence.

The delay could mean that a final plan will not be agreed until after next year’s general election - and could even influence how local residents vote.

The Government expects all councils to draw up a Local Plan. Many have not, and in those areas development tends to be higher.

The blueprint effectively guards against excessive building on scenic parts of the country - like East Devon – and is based on a ‘guesstimate’ derived from local data, projections and research.

But because EDDC’s last Local Plan expired in 2011, delays to the latest one will mean a total of four years without any locally-set limits being imposed.

Developers would have no official, locally researched ceiling on how homes are too many or too few.

Instead this policy black hole would continue to be filled by a one-size-fits-all national policy. The final estimates are likely to be higher than first thought for three reasons.

The first is that existing projections are largely based on a straightforward comparison with the past 30 years.

But new factors, including homes for workers at sites like SkyPark and Exeter Science Park, now have to be considered.

Secondly, East Devon has not met its affordable housing needs and must now play catch-up - or else local people will be priced out of the area.

And thirdly, Whitehall has told EDDC to make projections beyond 2026, pushing the final figure up even further.

EDDC’s planning policy manager, Matt Dickens, said: “It is likely to be months rather than weeks before we will have an objectively assessed housing need against which to revise our housing land supply figures.

“In the meantime [we will continue] to consider each application accordingly.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

11:24

Photographer Eve Mathews captured these amazing clouds as she walked along The Esplanade, Sidmouth.

Read more

A coffee shop has once again given its backing to the thriving Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:39

From the very first days of photography, the camera has recorded the shops and streets of Sidmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:08

Civic leaders are looking for ‘enthusiastic’ members of the community to join West Hill Parish Council.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:03

The streets of Sidmouth have been familiar to Dave O’Connor. He’s walked them as a toddler, teenager and adult for the past 75 years.

Read more
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crime in Sidmouth occurred at a rate of just over one incident a day last year. The officers also get called out to car crashes and other incidents that don’t become criminal offences. But what do they do the rest of the time? Sidmouth Magazine spent a day at the station to find out.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

An Ottery group has asked East Devon candidates to support refugees if they were elected in next month’s General Election.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

With 31 Go Ape adventures nationwide, there are plenty of venues to enjoy new challenges.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

A Sidmouth woman has thanked generous donors who have helped to raise £1,000 for charity by buying her booklet of poems and illustrations.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

Nature lovers have been invited to explore some of Sidmouth’s most beautiful trees before attending an aptly-themed concert.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications