Tipton St John resident, Kelly Lynch, could be facing a bill of hundreds of pounds, if not more, following EDDC’s bid for her to pay the total costs of an appeal to build a small bungalow on her land.
I expect most residents in East Devon will identify with the theme of this book by West Hill author and retired journalist, Philip Algar.
He has just published his second satirical novel - about a village fighting over-development!
Having giggled my way through his first book, and noting with some amusement, the familiar but mixed up village names, such as “Tipton Poppleford” I am looking forward to getting my copy of “It’s Not Just Village Politics.”
The Association of Electoral Commissioners has criticised the Home Office over its handling of the police commissioner elections, last November.
I would like to see a formal inquiry into the money - I think it was around £70m - that was spent on the elections, that were not necessary, not supported by the general public and could have been used to bolster the police service to actually fight crime.
This is an interesting one. The Woodland Trust is consulting its members on whether countryside campaigners can turn NIMBY - the acronym (not in my back yard) used by developers and politicians to insult people who object to planning applications - into a positive term.
A failure of a Gloucestershire council to demonstrate the requisite five year supply of land for housing will result in a large-scale loss of stunning countryside, to 300 houses on land designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Following news this lunchtime of Axminster Carpets going into administration, EDDC’s deputy leader, Andrew Moulding offers his support via an EDDC press release ............................................
Somewhat unsurprisingly, EDDC planning officers have recommended approval for EDDC’s planning application to turn its offices in Sidmouth in to apartments and build a care home on the adjacent parkland.
The government has not issued another consultation designed at removing more rights of the citizens of this country for at least a week. But no need to get withdrawal symptoms, they have just announced another one!
Put the raw ingredients of a high profile by-election, a massive housing scheme, a lack of a five year housing land supply and the pro-growth National Planning Policy Framework into a mixing bowl and what do you get?
The Eastleigh by-election row, which is an early indicator of what is likely to come in 2015 at the next general election.
With all the bad news about planning and the worrying interference with the East Devon Business Forum (EDBF) scrutiny process, you could be forgiven for feeling a little depressed about the way that local and national government continues to operate ... but there is a welcome light at the end of the tunnel.