EDDC has, this afternoon, changed tack a little on its controversial housing paper, to be considered by councillors on the development management committee on Tuesday (5 February).
Two Feniton families who have been flooded seven times since July last year, were outlining on BBC Radio Devon this morning, the horrendous circumstances in which they are living right now, with the constant threat of water seeping into their houses.
East Devon District Council planning officers are proposing to weaken their own planning policies in order to approve many more applications outside built-up area boundaries, following losing two major appeals at Feniton and Ottery St Mary last year.
The Western Morning News runs a story about Mr Pickles announcement last week on rubber stamping controversial plans to allow conversion of farm buildings into all sorts of businesses and enterprises, without planning consent.
This is surely yet more evidence of the government’s desire for wild west style planning, especially with the usual vagueness - as with the NPPF - over the rules - perfect conditions for abuse of the system.
An NHS manager has promised to look into why Honiton Hospital’s maternity overnight service has not been promoted, following a discussion at East Devon District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee meeting last week.
The area commander of Devon’s fire service has reassured worried Feniton residents that officers will continue to respond to 999 calls to help pump out water from flood-hit homes.
Just one council in the entire country has managed to revise its Local Plan so it is in line with the Government’s controversial National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Everyone hates stepping in dog mess. It is even worse when it has been surreptitiously hidden in a pile of leaves. Ah, the smell…..and the fury… and the digusting task of removing the hideous stuff when you get home.
And if you don’t notice it until you get in the car or the house ... even more fury!
Concerned to hear that a rumour seems to be doing the rounds in Feniton, that it is the fault of the residents and parish council for the pressure it is under from developers, I have decided to publish an email I sent this morning, in response to such a question ....
I have written to the General Manager of the Environment Agency, Lucy Hunt, asking that the organisation provides more robust responses to major developments, particularly in the case of Feniton, which has ongoing and serious flooding problems - and huge pressure from developers. The email is self-explanatory…..............
Time to build a snowman?
Full story in Telegraph here in full below and link here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9820817/People-should-build-snowmen-to-prevent-big-thaw-causing-flooding-says-Environment-Agency.html