• The application, which is on grade 2 agricultural land, next to Butts Road and Higher Ridgeway, has been submitted by Redrow Homes, the developer and landowner. Around a dozen residents spoke out against the application citing traffic concerns, the grade of agricultural land and it being outside the built-up area boundary, among other issues.  Many residents commented how much they loved [...]

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    It was confirmed at the meeting by Planning Policy Manager, Matt Dickins, that there were around 1300 comments on the Local Plan during its consultation. Further consultation with town councils Before we started to dissect the comments Matt Dickins gave an update on the next steps of the process. Meetings are now being sought urgently with town councils to debate any outstanding issues, such as [...]

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    A “relentless focus” on implementing measures to help the economy must accompany cuts to public spending to reduce the deficit, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said. With three weeks left before the Budget, the Cabinet met specifically to discuss growth. Unusually, implementing growth plans was the only item on the agenda. Speaking at a regular Westminster briefing, the Prime Minister’s [...]

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    Following the online publication of the register of interests, I tabled a written question (as is the protocol) at the EDDC Full Council meeting on Wednesday (22 February), asking when the register of gifts and hospitality would also be published online. Cllr Ian Thomas, portfolio holder for Corporate Services’ answer stated:  “Effective April 2012” My verbal supplementary [...]

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    The application, on land between Otter Close and Mallocks Close, was submitted by Devonshire Homes, who lost an appeal for 56 homes on the same piece of land last month. The reasons for refusing the application include: - the application is outside Tipton St John’s built-up area boundary - it conflicts with the policies of the adopted Local Plan - it does not reflect the need and demand for [...]

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    A large crowd gathered at a parish council meeting on Monday (20 February), many to make a final attempt to persuade the parish council to request no more than five houses in the village over the next 15-20 years A public opinion survey published earlier this month, revealed that this is what the majority of residents wanted. I was unable to attend the meeting on Monday due to a family emergency [...]

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    The agenda can be viewed here:  ED Local Plan Panel agenda - 28 February 2012 The meeting starts at 9am on Tuesday 28 February and will be held in the Council Chamber, EDDC offices, Sidmouth. The comments on the East Devon Local Plan consultation are also poised to be uploaded:  They can be viewed here East Devon Local Plan consultation comments The meeting is open to the press and [...]

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    The application at Westhayes, on land next to Eastfield, was rejected by EDDC’s planning committee in December, following a last minute withdrawal from the committee agenda the previous month. The application was withdrawn as the planning inspector’s decision over 50 houses at West Hill was published about an hour before the committee meeting was due to start.  The Westhayes [...]

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    The aim is to have increased speed of two megabits per second to every community across Devon and Somerset by 2015. And to bring superfast speeds of 24 megabits per second to at least 85 per cent of the area by 2015, with 100 per cent coverage by 2020. Broadband speeds in the Ottery Rural ward area are patchy and many are grappling with speeds of less than one megabit, with some [...]

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    The two meetings are likely to be the last time the panel meets prior to the legal pre-submission stage, where the plan starts its progress towards the inspector,who will examine it and decide whether it is ‘sound’ or ‘unsound’. The strategic planning officers have now managed to look through the comments and have confirmed that there are probably over 2000. The Local Plan [...]

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    The survey was undertaken following a parish council meeting on 4 January, where Aylesbeare Parish Council asked over 100 residents present, what they thought of a proposal for 50 houses for the village. Parish councillors will make a final decision about housing numbers at the parish council meeting on Monday evening (20 February). The proposal for 50 houses had been submitted to East Devon [...]

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    The move, which took place from 6 February, also means that over-filled wheelie bins will not be emptied either. The change in rules is to try and encourage people to recycle more of their waste and cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. Recycling in East Devon is now over 50% and landfill has been cut by 33%. The council is asking residents to limit the waste they send to landfill by making[...]

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    But the move, which is very welcome in the name of transparency, appears to have been carried out somewhat quietly last summer. All councillors were asked last May, whether they would support their declarations of interest being available online. I stated that I would be very happy for my declaration to be listed on the website.  However, we had no feedback following this survey and it was [...]

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    I sought the assurance at Monday’s (6 February) Full Council meeting, following a planning meeting the previous Monday (30 January), where I inadvertently discovered that the external door had been locked when the meeting started at 7.30pm. During the first few minutes of the meeting I unlocked the door and checked outside in case anyone was trying to get in. When I returned to the council [...]

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