Development ideas must be backed by 'hard evidence'

PUBLISHED: 15:44 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

AXE Valley councillors have been reminded that any calls for development in their patches must be met with hard evidence to back a need for growth. Members of East Devon District Council's executive committee heard corporate director for development Karim

AXE Valley councillors have been reminded that any calls for development in their patches must be met with hard evidence to back a need for growth.Members of East Devon District Council's executive committee heard corporate director for development Karime Hassan urge elected members to take stock of opportunities afforded by a structure plan for the next two decades.The board agreed to work with the South West Regional Development Agency on an 'infrastructure model' to identify areas for new housing and facilities.Though the Cranbrook new town will host thousands of new homes, Mr Hassan reminded members that the likes of Axminster were in need of new development. Agreements with developers could then unlock town improvements and public services"The model needs to look at places like Axminster," said Mr Hassan. "But members must find evidence for what they need. If developers can't pay the bill, then that will suggest we have got it wrong.

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