You may be interested in this summary of why the authors of Sidmouth Independent News think you should attend the East Devon Business Forum (EDBF) meetings, to look into its make-up, influence and membership.
Just a day after planning minister, Nick Boles’ careless remarks about concreting over a third more countryside, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging its members to write to their MP, in protest.
The story below appeared on the BBC News website on Tuesday 27 November.
How many times have I seen planning applications with flood risk assessments stating that there is no risk of flooding or 1 in 1000 year event flooding. In the case of Feniton, developers repeatedly claim that their schemes won’t make matters worse because they will install semi-permeable paving, or a series of ditches.
The story below - see photo and story in full HERE is a salutory warning of what happens when the ‘experts’ get it wrong…...............................
Below is the press release issued by EDDC today over the withdrawal from next Tuesday’s planning committee, the application to develop the Knowle and its parkland.
Another testimony to the baffling speed with which this application has been forced through the system.
EDDC planning officers have responded fairly robustly to controversial government proposals to allow extensions up to eight metres, without the need to apply for planning consent.
The future of the East Devon countryside hangs in the balance this week, as the fifth public inquiry appeal takes place inside a year, this time for 130 houses on land at Ottery St Mary.
I have lodged a motion for debate at EDDC’s full council meeting next week, asking the council to call on the government to lower the voting age to 16.
At a political speed dating event last month held at The King’s School, this was an issue that came up at almost every table.
The motion is below:
The new planning minister, Nick Boles, whose appointment must be a dream come true for developers, has claimed that around one third more land must be developed in the UK for housing.
Linking the potential impact of development and flooding, Feniton’s county councillor, Roger Giles, has tabled a Notice of Motion for the Devon County Council meeting at 2pm on Thursday 6 December.
A recent planning officer’s report confirms that Feniton is more targeted by developers than anywhere else in East Devon.
Cllr Giles motion is below:
A motion that will set the cat among the pigeons in the EDDC conservative group, has been tabled for debate at next week’s full council meeting.
Aggregate Industries (AI) has carried out its work to test the quality of the gravel at Straitgate Farm this week, despite an objection to the work from a local councillor.
The controversial East Devon Business Forum (EDBF) has written to EDDC’s chief executive, apparently trying to control which councillors sit on an investigative committee.