Parish Council to consider commenting on Our Plan
West Devon Borough Council's draft Local Plan, called 'Our Plan' has just been released for public consultation. If you want to comment on the plan's proposals, you have until 13th April to do so and you can find more information at http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/1646/West-Devon-Borough-Council
The Parish Council will consider a report on the policies in Our Plan that might affect the parish, at its meeting on Wednesday 4th March at 7.30pm at Milton Abbot village hall. That report suggests that the Parish Council might consider making the following comments to West Devon Borough Council:
i) That a minimum of 15 new homes be built in Milton Abbot rather than the minimum of 20 proposed in Our Plan, given the size of the village and lack of community facilities.
ii) That if a new employment site is permitted near the Strawberry Fields, Lifton, HGVs using the site should be required to do so via the immediately adjacent A30 and not via Lifton and Chillaton.
iii) That before redundant village businesses like shops or pubs can be granted permission for a change of use, they should have been marketed as a business for at least 12 months beforehand.
iv) That the draft policies aimed at allowing very small scale development in rural areas, where it meets a defined local need and other criteria be supported.
v) That Landscape Sensitivity Analyses be carried out to assess the impact of large wind turbines and solar panel arrays on the local landscape, as has been done elsewhere in Devon.
vi) That, if possible, the 'expectation' that all development will contribute to reducing carbon emissions be made a 'requirement'.
vii) That instead of a wind turbine developer being required to carry out as assessment of whether or not residential amenity would be affected by a proposed turbine, there should be an agreed minimum distance between dwellings and turbines.
The Parish Council will be asked to consider whether or not it wishes to hold a public meeting before determining its views on Our Plan or whether it wishes to make a formal comment at this stage.
Full details can be found at the Chillaton website www.chillaton.net where you should click on the Parish Council button.