Draft Local Plan proposes new housing

Sidmouth – around 196 homes comprising a large allocation west of Woolbrook Road and a series of smaller scale allocations to the north and west of the town.

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A month ago, the District Council was considering how much new housing there should be – and where to put it:

Today’s press is reporting on the unveiling of the council’s draft plans:

The document is the first time in the council’s history it has revealed a ‘work in progress’ draft for a Local Plan, normally waiting until work is further progressed before showing it to the public.

They added: “It is appreciated some of the proposals are controversial and will cause concern to communities but the proposals may well change following further work and input from councillors. Residents have been asked not to submit comments at this stage and to wait until the final draft plan has been published. A public consultation, including workshops, will then be held next summer based on current timescales.”The Government says EDDC must deliver 918 homes a year, the council said, meaning the new Local Plan has to identify land for more than 6,900 additional homes.

“Most of the large scale housing sites will also be expected to provide a range of employments spaces and community facilities and create sustainable communities where walking and cycling are the norm,” the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, EDDC’s bold plans to be the ‘leading light in addressing climate change and environmental issues through planning’ have also been revealed, with a number of highly ambitious measures to tackle the climate change emergency. The plan features plans for all new homes to be zero-carbon, with measures such as better insulation, triple glazing, solar panels and special pumps that extract heat from the air to warm people’s homes as well as district heating systems like the one at Cranbrook, which can be run on renewable energy. 

Plans for new town – and THOUSANDS of new homes – in East Devon revealed | sidmouthherald.co.uk

Here’s the official press release – with the numbers for the Sid Valley:

Sidmouth – around 196 homes comprising a large allocation west of Woolbrook Road and a series of smaller scale allocations to the north and west of the town.

East Devon’s new draft Local Plan revealed, with potential locations for hundreds of new homes | eastdevon.gov.uk

The agenda for the next Strategic Planning Cttee meeting includes more details of the exact sites being proposed:

Report to accompany Working Draft Local Plan to Strategic Planning Committee on the 14 December 2021 | eastdevon.gov.uk

   
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