Changes to the Local Plan

What on earth is going on with the Local Plan?

The first iteration that went out to consultation in 2013 showed 1,100 new dwellings for South Molton and 30 hectares of employment land.

The second iteration published in 2014 had an increase in dwellings of about 10% to 1,208 and a decrease in employment land of about 40% to just 17.6 hectares.

The proposed amendments that went to the NDDC Executive on Tuesday show a further increase in housing to 1,240 and a further massive decrease in employment land to 10.8 hectares with an additional 1.5 hectares being allocated to a re-located cattle market.

Were SMTC consulted at any stage before these further modifications?

It strikes me that the views of local residents have, once again, been totally ignored. So much for consultation!