Monthly Archives: December 2011

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East Devon villages under threat

By |2011-12-28T09:46:32+00:00December 28th, 2011|News|

The unique rural nature of East Devon villages is under threat from new plans to build industrial units in, or near to, rural settlements.

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Mary Portas review collides with supermarket domination plans

By |2011-12-22T19:46:10+00:00December 22nd, 2011|News|

The retail guru, Mary Portas’ report last week to try and save dying UK high streets has been brought sharply into focus today, as this morning’s Guardian reports that the biggest supermarkets in the UK have plans for massive expansion in out of town areas.

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NPPF:  A spectacularly badly handled process

By |2011-12-21T18:06:42+00:00December 21st, 2011|News|

Today’s published report from the Department of Local Government and Communities had me musing on how appallingly the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) communications were handled by government ministers.

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Select committee planning report widely welcomed

By |2011-12-21T12:21:49+00:00December 21st, 2011|News|

A report insisting that the Government must make significant changes to its controversial national planning reforms, has been welcomed widely by environmental groups, including key campaigner the National Trust.

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Environmental groups gear up fight on planning reforms

By |2011-12-14T18:02:55+00:00December 14th, 2011|News|

The National Trust prepares for its next fight against the national planning reforms, on the understanding that little will change….  good luck to them!  The text below was part of a speech given last week by the National Trust’s chairman (and Guardian journalist), Simon Jenkins.

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Hike in successful appeals could be linked to NPPF

By |2011-12-14T17:47:26+00:00December 14th, 2011|News|

Based on Planning Blogger, Andrew Lainton’s article

An unprecedented more than half of housing schemes rejected at local level were passed by the inspectorate, an effect of the government’s growth agenda.

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Affordable housing debated at West Hill Local Plan meeting

By |2011-12-10T18:49:10+00:00December 10th, 2011|News|

Affordable housing proved to be the most topical and divisive subject discussed at last night’s West Hill Residents Association meeting, to debate a community response to East Devon District Council’s Local Plan.

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Devon wildlife groups blast so-called ‘greenest Govt ever’

By |2011-12-07T14:08:28+00:00December 7th, 2011|News|

Taken from the Devon Wildlife Trust website.  The story has been covered by BBC Spotlight today:

What an excellent initiative - I wish them every luck!  The recent rhetoric from George Osborne and his colleagues is deeply worrying. 

If you are concerned about this please contact our MP, Hugo Swire at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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In a strongly worded letter to regional newspapers, the Chief Officers of all the West Country’s Wildlife Trusts, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB express their deep dismay at the plans revealed in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

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122 houses at Feniton unanimously refused

By |2011-12-07T10:45:11+00:00December 7th, 2011|News|

A controversial application to build 122 houses on high quality farmland at Feniton was unanimously rejected yesterday, by EDDC’s Development Management Committee (DMC).

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15 houses at West Hill refused

By |2011-12-07T10:28:09+00:00December 7th, 2011|News|

A housing scheme, encompassing 10 affordable homes and five market value houses was refused yesterday by the Development Management Committee.

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