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Anti-development group calls on North Devon and Torridge district councils to hold public debate into lack of five year land supply and local plan

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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AN anti-development group has called on both North Devon and Torridge district councils to hold a public meeting explaining their lack of a five-year land supply plan.

Defend North Devon wrote to Brian Greenslade, leader of North Devon Council, and Philip Collins, leader of Torridge District Council, saying its members were concerned about the "much-publicised" lack of an up to date local plan and five-year housing land supply.

It said the recent news that the Government was to withhold new home bonuses if an application is refused but allowed on appeal means the lack of a five year land supply has become a "catastrophic vulnerability".

It continued: "Councillors are now both advised by their officers that they have no grounds for refusal under National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) rules, and simultaneously bribed by the Government not to refuse an application."

Councillor Greenslade replied: "The subject surrounding a five-year land supply is a very complex one, which is based on a formula that cannot easily be clarified in a public meeting.

"As such, North Devon and Torridge's joint head of strategic development and planning has written a letter to the secretary of Defend to explain the five-year land supply issue and how this affects future development proposals.

"If, after receiving this information the Defend secretary would like to discuss the issue further, both I and Councillor Philip Collins would be happy to organise a forum, where representatives from Defend, as well as other interested parties, can meet with us to talk about the matter in more detail."

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