The decision to be taken by the Council’s Development Management Committee (DMC) this week, carries a heavy responsibility.
The DMC can’t fail to be embarrassed by their own Council’s latest defiance of the Information Commissioner’s ruling that unless certain Knowle documents are released, it is impossible for the public to see whether relocation is justified. A tricky position for the DMC, as much of the relocation project hangs on this planning application being approved.
A more direct problem is that this PegasusLife planning application appears to involve considerable departure from East Devon’s own Local Plan. For examples, see http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/knowle-relocation-project-setting-of.html
Which begs the question, “What is the point of a Local Plan?” and how seriously should it be taken by the Council responsible for drawing it up?