• Now comments must be in by Monday 7 May. To help formulate objections take a look at a couple of key blogs, links below: http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/quarry_campaigners_furnish_councillors_with_the_facts/ http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/how_to_object_to_straitgate_quarry/ The address to email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/*= 0)out += unescape(l[i].replace(/^\s\s*/, '&#'));while (--j >= 0)if (el[j].getAttribute('data-eeEncEmail_daClJrVnrH'))el[j].innerHTML = out;/*]]>*/ or for further information visit: [...]

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    Mrs Little has played a leading role in developing EDDC’s highly controversial Local Development Framework and the resulting Local Plan. She is reported in the North Devon Journal as saying: “I am delighted to accept the role and I am looking forward to joining the two councils in the summer. This is an exciting opportunity to work across Northern Devon, whilst being part of a new joint working venture.” The article states: “Among her most recent and notable achievements is her success in securing significant inward investment into East Devon, including the development [...]

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    I have read through the paperwork (quickly) and have made the following observations: - The headline number of dwellings for East Devon over the plan period now sits at 14,695.  However, EDDC now claims that following National Planning Policy Framework guidance, windfalls (unplanned developments) must be included in addition to this number.  - EDDC is aiming for around 130 ‘windfall’ dwellings a year for 20 years.  This takes the total number of dwellings over the plan period (2006-2026) to 17,295.  A huge number, unsupported by any evidence that I have seen. - [...]

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    I am delighted to be able to tell you that the Redrow Homes planning application for 130 homes east of Butts Road has been refused planning permission. The planning application had been due to go before the EDDC Development Management Committee for decision on 8 May.  In fact a report was included in the draft agenda for the 8 May meeting, but at the Chairman’s briefing meeting earlier this week, the Chairman decided that the application should be refused under delegated powers. The reasons for refusal include: an unallocated site in the open countryside; contrary to EDDC [...]

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    There are index points that you can click on and go straight to particular sections of the meeting, such as individuals speaking. Here is the link. http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/77481 Photograph:  Ottery Quarry Action Group member, Basil Herbert presents his objections to the committee

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    14 representatives from both the Ottery area (as well as around 60 resident observers, most of whom arrived on a coach), spoke to the Development Management Committee, who listened and asked questions. Councillors will make a decision on the recommendation from their officers to include Straitgate as a quarrying site, in the autumn. A series of speakers from Uffculme (the focus of proposals for extensions to a quarry) made representations.  Mid Devon District Councillor, Bob Evans, gave an expertly researched and rousing speech.  He said that because building materials had changed [...]

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    15 objectors from Ottery St Mary and West Hill, will speak on a range of issues relating to the proposal for including Straitgate Farm in the minerals plan as a site for quarrying. A coach full of residents will also be present to hear the speeches and questions from the councillors. The decision will be made at a later date. The speakers batting for the Ottery team tomorrow are: Cllr Glyn Dobson Chris Wakefield Rupert Thistlethwayte Monica Mortimer Eileen Perkins Dan Jelly Margaret Hall Basil Herbert Cllr John Ayres Me Cllr Tony Howard Cllr David Cox Cllr Roger Giles Three or four speakers [...]

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    Newham Council says it can no longer afford to house tenants on its waiting list in private accommodation. The gap between market rents and the housing allowance is too big, it says. But the association says such a move could mark the start of “thousands of needy people” being dumped elsewhere. Labour MPs say the decision to seek accommodation outside London is proof that the government’s policy of capping housing benefit is already “beginning to unravel”. Olympic effect Newham Council, which is Labour-controlled, is in the east of the city and will host this [...]

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    I attended a drop-in event at Tipton St John Cricket Pavilion at lunch time today and asked a series of questions. The work will take place on the section of the river opposite Tipton St John sewage works, near the weir. My questions were: - where will plant and vehicles be kept, where will the access be and what will be the traffic impact on residents.  Answer:  The equipment will be kept on a field next to the sewage works, which is where the access will be.  Initially there will be lorries carrying the equipment and at the end of the project, but during the course of the [...]

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    The meeting is the next stage in the process of finalising the plan. Many towns and villages are still unhappy with the levels of development proposed.  A number of groups representing Sidmouth, including the Vision Group, Chamber of Commerce and Sid Vale Association have joined forces and launched a campaign.  They will hold a public meeting at the Pavilion Theatre next Thursday evening at 7pm to discuss plans for the town. Following the meeting with the Development Management Committee on 8 May, there will be following stages prior to the plan getting submitted to the planning [...]

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    They are among ten places across Devon that have been named as potential sites to burn or bury rubbish. The two sites in East Devon are identified as the rapidly expanding Greendale Barton and Hill Barton Industrial Estates.  Greendale and Hill Barton are based off the A3052 at Woodbury Salterton and Farringdon respectively. Six of the Devon sites are being considered for waste recovery, which could include plants where rubbish is burned to create energy, and four could be for landfill. It is part of a 20-year plan by Devon County Council, which is facing rising landfill costs and a [...]

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    “Speaking at a conference this morning organised by New London Architecture, London’s Centre for the Built Environment, Steve Quartermain gave further details of the remit of the helpline set up to advise planners on the NPPF. In a letter sent to chief planning officers following the launch of the NPPF, Quartermain said that the helpline – 0303 444 5500 – had been established to “assist with questions planning authorities may have about the implications of the framework for plan-making or decision-taking”. But Quartermain said today: “The advice is not geared at [...]

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    Ottery Quarry Action Group (OQAG) in the expectation of large numbers of concerned residents attending the meeting, has provisionally booked a 52 seater coach, which will collect people at Ottery St Mary, West Hill and at Daisymount, before making its way to County Hall in Exeter. There is growing concern about proposals, with objections from key groups such as Ottery St Mary Town Council and Aylesbeare Parish Council.  The Chairman of Governors at Kings School has expressed reservations and MP, Hugo Swire has written to Devon County Council Leader, John Hart. There is no justification [...]

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    Natural England is the statutory consultee on environmental issues relating to planning applications and their views are given considerable weight. The reason NE has not objected as the RSPB has done is that NE is bound by new Government guidance on pig and poultry, which mean that they cannot take the (very high) ambient levels of nitrogen into account. This seems quite ludicrous to me - how can these rules possibly make sense? The RSPB however, is not bound by any such silly rules and have submitted an excellent and technically detailed objection, based on how the increased nitrogen levels [...]

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    I would like to ask you, as my MP, to help ensure that a Bill introducing a supermarket watchdog (or ‘Groceries Code Adjudicator’, GCA) is included in the next Queen’s Speech. This is a matter of urgency. It is four years since the Competition Commission concluded that supermarkets transfer ‘excessive risks and unexpected costs’ to their suppliers and that this behaviour also harms consumers. In that time, many UK and overseas farmers have continued to face uneconomic prices and unfair terms for their produce. Agricultural employees have continued to work long [...]

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    Members of Aylesbeare Parish Council would like the following points to be borne into consideration: The overused B3180 road, which would be used to transport aggregates to Blackhill Quarry for processing, just is not suitable for this volume of traffic.  This road originated as a track for horses and carts and does not have any foundations other than compacted earth and about 100 years of tar spray and chippings.  It is at present carrying 42 tonne trucks from Venn Ottery Quarry to Blackhill Quarry, using the hazardous junction at the Halfway Inn, and causing extensive damage to the[...]

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    Cllr Diviani was also rather rude and patronising … and he didn’t answer either my written or my supplementary questions. My written question was: “Given that the Prime Minister has said he will have an inquiry into “cash for policies” will the Leader of the Council, Chairman of the Development Management Committee and Chairman of the East Devon Local Plan Panel be disclosing which developers they have met and whether these developers have made donations to the local, regional or national Conservative party and, if so, how much”. The written answer, tabled at this evening’s [...]

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    The question was prompted by the inquiry into the Prime Minister’s ‘cash for policies’ scandal and revelations that big developers have ploughed millions into Tory party coffers at a national level, prior to the planning laws being weakened last month. My question is as follows: “Given that the Prime Minister has said he will have an inquiry into “cash for policies” will the Leader of the Council, Chairman of the Development Management Committee and Chairman of the East Devon Local Plan Panel be disclosing which developers they have met and whether these [...]

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    Quarry campaigners, Monica and Mark Mortimer went to visit Mr Swire a few weeks ago and he has now written to leader of Devon County Council, Cllr John Hart, expressing his concerns. In Mr Swire’s letter to Cllr Hart, which is copied to Monica and Mark, as well as county councillor, Roger Giles, he says:  “Of course we need to balance the commercial needs for the local economy with all this and I would ask that you ask your officers to look very carefully again at the potential adverse effect of such a scheme as Straitgate Farm and take into account, people’s [...]

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    This evening, councillors, at their monthly meeting, were particularly concerned about the 40 tonne lorry movements, which could be in the region of around 100, or one every five minutes. As Aylesbeare’s district councillor I presented the situation and explained the key issues. It is understood that Aggregate Industries plan to process the pebbles at Blackhill Quarry on Woodbury Common, which would mean continual slow-moving noisy lorry traffic along the B3181. Chairman, Ken Chun said that he did not like that the road edges were already being worn away by the lorries travelling between[...]

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    “EDDC is moving on to the next stage in its Local Plan process – creating the planning blueprint for the district up to 2026. The Local Plan Panel is handing over responsibility for taking the policy document forward to EDDC’s Development Management Committee – its parent body. The disbanding of East Devon’s Local Plan Panel comes as the Government publishes its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which came into force on 27 March. East Devon’s proposals are now coming together after years of preparation, but there’s still time for a degree of public consultation in [...]

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    Devon County Council officer, Andy Hill presented a case for Straitgate being the preferred site for quarrying in the Ottery area.  He said that the there had already been about 30 objections from the area and expected more to come. He added that the justification for Straitgate Quarry was Cranbrook and ‘spreading the impact’ between Uffculme where there is an existing quarry and Ottery, where there is currently no quarry.  Something that I dismissed in my speech.  That is simply doubling the misery! Around 130 people were there to hear the presentation at Ottery [...]

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    The campaign group, called Ottery Quarry Action Group, has made their priority reaching as many people as possible and urging them to object before 30 April - the end of the Devon County Council consultation period on preferred sites for quarries. If you would like a copy of the poster, please get in touch with me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/*= 0)out += unescape(l[i].replace(/^\s\s*/, '&#'));while (--j >= 0)if (el[j].getAttribute('data-eeEncEmail_nfrdUgkNOe'))el[j].innerHTML = out;/*]]>*/ For more information on how to object to the proposed quarry, please see [...]

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