By way of an update, I’ve just been informed that the current planning application (by Devon County Council as Transport/Highway Authority to itself as Planning Authority) has been formally deferred until summer 2013 at the earliest.
DCC as applicant says it needs more time to submit the additional information required in connection with the environmental impact, for the following reasons:-
- To await the outcome of ECC’s consultation on the Site Allocations and Development Management DPD.
- To explore and identify redesign options to reduce the cost of the overall scheme.
- To consider options to reduce the footprint of the park and ride site and associated impacts on green space.
The planning officer has indicated that other parts of the submitted information will need to be updated nearer the time, including some of the ecological surveys. A further consultation period will follow before the application can be determined.
I’ll keep you informed, although in the light of this, I don’t think there will be anything more to report until the middle of next year at the earliest.