” Prepare and promote robust policies in our local plan to address the need for more and better quality homes and communities for all.”
“Deliver more social housing and explore new ways to build more affordable homes.”
The District Council has just published broad-stroke ideas for its longer-term planning – as reported in the local press:
The leader of the council makes the point that they need to be focussing on housing:
“We have quite rightly prioritised delivering on our promise to get more social and affordable homes built, as we face a housing crisis across the country.”
With the council’s press release from earlier in the week stressing the same:
Better homes and communities for all:
A total of £500,000 has been set aside for a housing task force to push the building of better quality new homes, which includes more well-maintained, social and affordable housing. The authority will be focused on using its resources and influence to ensure developments are in appropriate areas where residents have everything they need to live happy, healthy and safe lives with access to the amenities they need – like open spaces, healthcare, job opportunities and leisure facilities.
And with more detail here from the full Council Plan:
Promoting better homes and stronger communities:
– Prepare and promote robust policies in our local plan to address the need for more and better quality homes and communities for all.
– Deliver more social housing and explore new ways to build more affordable homes.
– Deliver on the commitments in our Housing Strategy and Housing Service Plan.
Of course, this is not going to be easy, but there are some ways ahead.
HOUSING ABOVE CAR PARKS:
The leader himself suggested one possible way ahead last month:
Which echoed similar ideas reported over the years by the VGS news blogs:
This posting was shared across the social media in Sidmouth and the Sid Valley – and the response was huge and mostly favourable:
BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE, BETTER NEIGHBOURHOODS:
One of the interesting points of the Council Plan is the determination to ensure that there is the right infrastructure:
The authority will be focused on using its resources and influence to ensure developments are in appropriate areas where residents have everything they need
Because the traditional set-up in local planning has been to allow for lots of large isolated housing estates – where there are few facilities and lots of roads needed to get to them:
Which has been largely what happened in Cranbrook, which was once trumpeted as an ‘eco-town’:
On the other hand, the new East Devon council plan seems to be looking to the concept of the 15 or 20-minute neighbourhood, which is growing in interest internationally:
How it can “promote activity, a strong sense of place, boost local economies and provide (almost) everything you need for life within walking distance.”
The new plan also looks to ‘a greener East Devon’:
EDDC is focused on achieving carbon neutrality by 2040, looking after the area’s towns, villages, countryside and coastline for future generations. The details of this work is included in its Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy posted a warning that this won’t be easy:
“Most of the Local Plans we reviewed … do not acknowledge quite how radical and challenging the 2050 zero-carbon commitment is for planning and place-making.”
Although East Devon’s neighbours might have a thing or two:
And there are all sorts of great ideas out there – if there is indeed a proactive council:
WRONG HOUSING, WRONG PLACE:
Finally, there are fears that predatory developers are circling for sites:
With the latest reports on the latest supermarket looking to build:
– which will in turn have a knock-on effect on suddenly making former sites ‘available’: