Ottery St Mary residents are facing another major planning application, this time on the west side of the town on land between Kings School and Strawberry Lane.
A district council committee will investigate the make-up, direction and influence of East Devon Business Forum (EDBF), it has been agreed by councillors.
This morning’s BBC Radio Devon breakfast news programme led with a story on a row growing about East Devon Business Forum members’ planning approvals that have been contrary to planning policy.
A large industrial pig unit proposed at Venn Ottery in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), has finally been refused after months of uncertainty for residents.
EDDC has the dubious honour of being named by a national newspaper, as being among the local authorities planning to allow a large development on an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Daily Telegraph has covered EDDC’s plans to allocate 12 acres north of Sidford as an industrial estate with 400 car parking spaces.
The Government (led by Mr Osborne’s misguided intentions) is intending to weaken countryside protection and AONB policies further, in new plans to be released later this autumn. The full story, which appeared in Friday’s Telegraph, is below:
I received this report today, along with other East Devon scrutiny committee councillors, from two Sidmouth residents who have carried out some detailed research into East Devon Business Forum.
EDDC’s overview and scrutiny committee will debate the activities and representation of East Devon Business Forum this Thursday (27 September). The meeting starts at 6.30pm and is open to the public, who, if they wish, can address the committee at the beginning of the meeting. The report is pasted below: .............................................
Stalwart Tory-led Richmond Council has announced its intention to defy Government policy on the ill-thought through proposals to allow extensions of up to eight metres without planning permission.
Will staunch Conservative-run EDDC join them?
The story below is pasted from Planning.
The chairman of East Devon Business Forum and its honorary secretary are to defend East Devon Business Forum, at next Thursday’s overview and scrutiny committee meeting.
I see no residents were asked their views about dualling a road through one of the most beautiful and sensitive parts of countryside in the UK.
Is this because their views don’t matter?
The Blackdown Hills are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are supposed to be highly protected.
And I see no one bothered to get people’s views - tourists and businesses - about upgrading the Waterloo line, which has single track for much of it limiting the number and frequency of trains.
I have pasted the story below, which was published yesterday, from the BBC website.