However, “work on an alternative plan for how development across the Greater Exeter Area is happening – following the demise of the ‘GESP.'”
Over the past couple of months, the region’s big plan has had to be abandoned:
However, the GESP website is still up and running, perhaps hoping for something to happen:
A plan for the future of the area
In light of the decision taken by East Devon District Council to withdraw from the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan, and by Mid Devon District Council to commit to prepare a revised joint plan, the Draft Policy and Site Options consultation in September will no longer be proceeding. Discussions are ongoing between the partner authorities to consider the options for potential future joint planning work. More information will be provided when it is available.
What happened this week, however, is that another council has recommended rejection of the Plan:
The Committee RESOLVES to:
1. Recommend that Full Council formally withdraws from the preparation of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.
2. Recommend that Full Council support in principle the production of a joint non-statutory plan, to include joint strategy and infrastructure matters, with East Devon, Exeter and Mid-Devon Councils…
As reported by Daniel Clarke today, though, plans are still going ahead for an ‘alternative plan’:
The major Greater Exeter Area plan is taking a new shape
An optional plan to build houses and infrastructure across a huge chunk of Devon is still going ahead
Work on an alternative plan for how development across the Greater Exeter Area is happening – following the demise of the ‘GESP.’
The Greater Exeter Strategic Plan was due to the be the planning framework for development across Exeter, East Devon, Mid Devon and Teignbridge, but following East Devon and then Mid Devon pulling out over the summer, work has ceased.
Teignbridge District Council’s executive on Tuesday recommended to full council that they formally withdraw the process as well, but that in principle, support is still given for a joint non-statutory plan, to include joint strategy and infrastructure matters between the four authorities.