• She interviewed a jetlagged John Withrington from Feniton Action Group about the enormous pressure Feniton is under from developers, who are being given a helping hand by the National Planning Policy Framework.  Mass development in Feniton, or anywhere else for that matter, will swamp local schools, medical services and wreck beautiful countryside in the process. Almost 300 new houses are on [...]

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    Question 1On 27 March this council, along with many others, could lose control altogether of being able to determine any planning application using its adopted Local Plan, following the rules set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. Will the leader be making representations to central government, requesting that this date be deferred by at least a year to allow councils across the [...]

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    The debate was part of the budget and was agreed after leader, Cllr Diviani had spent 10-15 minutes outlining how little money the council had to spend because of the government’s withdrawal of a massive 30 per cent of its funding. “Special budget items” had been debated by EDDC’s scrutiny meeting in January, where myself and Roger Giles, along with several other [...]

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    The decision is fraught with controversy and at last night’s full council meeting, there was doubt cast on whether the development management committee would even be quorate, as Cabinet councillors and those who have attended relocation working group meetings, are advised that they could have compromised their impartiality and should not take part in the debate or vote. The meeting starts at[...]

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    East Devon also has a major problem with second homes that are empty most of the year. Around 3000 houses fall into this category, with negative implications for affected communities - including shops and pubs closing and a dying sense of community. The conservatives answer to the problem?  Just build more houses! The motion (an excellent initiative) was supported by the full council.  [...]

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    The story is here and below:  http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/East-Devon-District-Council-accused-plan/story-18276163-detail/story.html#axzz2MBUIfz3B Campaigners against controversial plans to sell a council headquarters have questioned whether the local authority should make the decision on the scheme. Senior members of East Devon District Council faced a series of questions at a meeting last [...]

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    Journalist, Nicola Stanbridge, is visiting the village as part of a story concerning the impact of the National Planning Policy Framework, which could cause Feniton to grow by almost half - certainly it will if the current planning proposals that are on the table are all approved, which is quite possible. I will blog again once I know when the story will be aired, which will probably be in the [...]

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    130,000 people have already signed the online petition against the worrying revelations, which was circulated on Monday - the latest news is that Mr Hunt is wobbling…. Read the email from 38 Degrees below: .............................................................................................................. A new fight over NHS privatisation has just begun. Jeremy Hunt is trying to [...]

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    The letter to Feniton Parish Council from the developer comes as two separate planning applications of 120 houses and 32 houses are expected to be determined at EDDC’s development management committee in April. Earlier this month, councillors on the development management committee endorsed a proposal to weaken planning policies to allow more development in the district, following two [...]

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    Country-lovers across the region have been celebrating this week after it was announced that important areas in what is generally recognised as one of the most beautiful parts of Britain have been handed over to a charity in perpetuity. Vociferous objections were raised nationwide one year ago when Somerset County Council declared its intention to sell-off large swathes of the Quantock Hills, [...]

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    The story is reported by the Midweek Herald here and below: - http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/news/axminster_carpets_parkland_group_drops_homes_action_1_1953159 Green campaigners abandon legal challenge to carpet factory’s money-raising scheme for 400 houses at Cloakham Lawns. Green campaigners have dropped their legal challenge to the Cloakham Lawn housing development to give Axminster [...]

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    Question 1 On 27 March this council, along with many others, could lose control altogether of being able to determine any planning application using its adopted Local Plan, following the rules set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. Will the leader be making representations to central government, requesting that this date be deferred by at least a year to allow councils across the [...]

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    Peers and charities fear a change in the law will allow the Government to “fast track” fracking against the will of local communities. The Growth and Infrastructure Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, could allow exploration for shale gas to be considered as of “national significance”, meaning the Government can override local authorities to grant planning permission. The [...]

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    And it won’t just affect East Devon.  It is thought that 27 March 2013 could trigger a developer’s paradise in around one third of council areas in England – see article from Planning Resource - http://www.planningresource.co.uk/news/1163956/Survey-reveals-NPPF-transition-fears/ Up until now I have been reluctant to use the term “planning free-for-all” in relation to the five year [...]

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