• The recommendation has been altered, which at first glance, looks to be an improvement, however, the committee is still being asked to endorse the requirement to have a six year land supply, which sounds innocuous, but holds hidden commitments. Why not ‘note’ it instead, as with the other recomendations? These are now the full list of recommendations: Recommendation That the Committee [...]

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    Sue Collins and Gill Ewings were interviewed, who on top of their flooding woes, are also facing the possibility of 120 houses being built on the beautiful green fields directly behind their cottages.  This application by Strategic Land Partnerships, will be determined by EDDC in March or April. You can listen to the programme by clicking on the link below.  The story is the second one [...]

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    The appeals were lost because both planning inspectors ruled that EDDC could not demonstrate a five year land supply for housing across the district. A controversial paper will now be considered by EDDC’s planning committee (development management committee) on Tuesday, 5 February, which proposes in future, that the committee approves most future housing applications, including those outside[...]

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    The project appraisal board meeting, which took place in the Environment Agency’s offices at Sowton, was attended by EDDC engineer, Keith Steel and a colleague who have been working on plans for the scheme.  They made a strong case for Feniton’s urgent need for such a project, which was accepted by officials. Feniton has been plagued by serious flooding issues in the last six to [...]

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    I have just watched Newsround with my daughter where there was a story on some research that had been carried out which proved that crustaceans feel pain.  As a result the RSPCA is calling for restaurants to kill them humanely by electrocuting them, instead of the horrifying death of being boiled alive, but the government says it has no plans to change the guidance on how they should be [...]

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    The previous long-standing system, which means a ‘change of use’ must be applied for, allowed for proper assessment and implications for the proposed new use.  But this new reckless rule will mean either ugly industrial estates in the middle of the countryside, or housing, without any controls or rights for neighbours to object, or even know anything about the plans. The link is [...]

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    The meeting, on Thursday 24 January, which focused on health services, was attended by three local GPs as well as NHS Devon’s head of locality commissioning, Tamara Powderley. I asked whether local mums could be given assurances that the maternity service at Honiton was secure, following a major campaign to retain overnight stays in 2010. Worryingly, between 2006 and 2011, the number of mums [...]

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    The move to reassure residents came following a resident contacting me to say she had been told by a fire officer that as they had been called out twice, the service may charge next time, or not come at all, on the basis that residents needed to do more to protect themselves. I wrote to the chief fire officer, Lee Howell to assure him that everything possible was being done to mitigate the [...]

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    When it was published last year, the Government gave councils one year to get their plans up-to-date. The 27 March is NPPF d-day.  After this date, all those authorities who have not got an up-to-date Local Plan must use the NPPF as the primary document when determining planning applications, thus undermining local planning policies, built-up area boundaries and the ability to refuse [...]

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    Mr Brinton, the Aylesbeare resident who bought the pub at auction in October last year, originally wanted to buy the building plots only behind the pub, but was forced into buying the pub as well, when a fellow businessman who had an interest in the pub, dropped out of the sale. Mr Brinton hoped that the Woodbury-based businessman who had expressed an interest in taking on the pub, would then buy [...]

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    East Devon District Council’s Environmental Health department is about to launch a campaign to deal with problem offenders in a different way. Areas identified as ‘hot spots’ where fouling has become a real problem will have a stencil sprayed-painted on the ground that displays a picture of a dog, accompanied by the words: ‘pick it up’. The stencil washes away after about three weeks[...]

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    Hi xxxxx, please be reassured that no blame should be attached to Feniton Parish Council or residents for the position it is in.  I am concerned that this rumour seems to be doing the rounds and I intend to put matters straight on my blog. All planning applications are determined according to a strategic plan, known as the Local Plan. Although EDDC’s Local Plan is now out of date, its [...]

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    Dear Ms Hunt I am writing, as EDDC councillor for Ottery St Mary Rural, part of which includes Feniton, to express my concern over the repeated flooding that Feniton has been experiencing and the EA’s involvement in planning applications for the village. Not only is Feniton experiencing repeated and serious flooding problems, it also appears to be attracting developers like moths to a candle [...]

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    It is usually seen as fun pastime for children when the weather turns colder. But now building a snowman has been touted as an effective way of preventing homes flooding. The bizarre advice comes as weather experts predict a sudden thaw causing torrential rain and melting snow when temperatures swing from -13C to 13C over the weekend. The Environment Agency said Britons could help slow the rate of[...]

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