• 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 += [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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