• When planning minister Mr Boles has been asked about this, he claims the answer is to build more! The story from the BBC is below and here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21979039 The tax system should put countryside second homes beyond the reach of more people, according to the head of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Ex-poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion said “townies in the [...]

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    It’s called Knowing East Devon and is full of statistical information relating to East Devon and its population. One of the statistics relates to East Devon being the second highest district in Devon for the number of holiday homes. Page 171 has some really interesting information about rates of employment and our young people.  The report states:  “The proportion of the [...]

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    Proposed by Cllr Roger Giles and seconded by me, the overview and scrutiny committee agreed to: 1. Make representations to the Local Government Association relating to concerns of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) timetable being too fast for plans needing to be compliant with the NPPF 2. Endorsing in policy, the disaggregation approach (splitting the district in half), which was a [...]

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    After a very long and protracted debate, EDDC’s overview and scrutiny committee agreed by a narrow margin, that its sub-committee should be allowed to look into EDBF’s influence on planning. An amendment by Cllr Tony Howard to suspend the committee until the police investigation was over, was voted down. It follows months of wrangling and rows over whether or not it was appropriate for[...]

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    This is significant because although the south west regional spatial strategy (RSS) was never adopted, it proposed 17,100 houses for East Devon, a massive hike from the 11,400 RSS housing target for the district, that was published just two years previously in 2006. There has been continuing rows about using this evidence base with which to pin our new housing levels in the new draft EDDC Local [...]

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    At 2pm, at Knowle, Sidmouth, EDDC offices, members of EDDC’s development management committee will sit down and determine the two of the three major Feniton applications, currently on the table. These are for 32 houses on land next to Acland Park and secondly, for 59 houses (reduced from 120 houses) on land west of Ottery Road.  Please make every effort to be there, if you are a [...]

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    “Scaring the Living Daylights out of People” covers three main subject areas, including exploring the tactics of companies who want to demolish people’s homes to build lucrative new developments, conflicts of interest in East Devon and the lobbying practices used by supermarkets that want planning permission to build new stores. The East Devon chapter is entitled “the local[...]

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    This time the field in question is adjacent to the Wainhomes appeal site, where 50 houses were allowed by a planning inspector last September. Wainhomes have now applied to build 83 houses, which, if approved, would link up with Green Lane. It would appear to me that the more applications that are approved, the more applications will be submitted. I hope next week’s development management [...]

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    It’s not often you stumble across a 20,000-year-old mammoth tooth while carrying out a routine task at work, but that’s exactly what happened to Environment Agency officer Simon McHugh. Simon was checking riverbank erosion near Newton Poppleford in East Devon when he noticed the massive molar sitting on the bed of the River Otter. Experts at London’s Natural History Museum have confirmed [...]

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    Hundreds of people took to the streets in a “save our countryside” protest against controversial government plans to relax planning laws. More than 250 people gathered in the East Devon village of Feniton on Saturday to express their fears over the impact on rural areas of the new national planning policy framework coming into force this week. Campaigners say the thousands of new homes planned[...]

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    http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/feniton_march_1_1990908?id=14&storyId=1.1990909.1364219361

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    Fewer than seven per cent of councils have adopted plans that have been judged by inspectors to fully comply with the government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) ahead of the deadline to get plans up to date this week. The government gave local authorities 12 months to bring adopted local plans in line with the NPPF when it published the framework last March. Under the [...]

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    Members of the East Devon Business Forum have decided not to disband the group. Roy Stuart, vice chairman of the forum called for members to decide at its meeting, held on Wednesday, March 20, whether to disband the group or continue with an amended constitution after the chief executive of East Devon District Council, Mark Williams ruled that the Local Authority would no longer provide financial [...]

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    Reforms that come into force this week have already led to 25,000 extra homes being given planning permission in the past year. Since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was first published last March, the number of homes granted approval in England has risen by a quarter on the previous year, figures show. Experts warned communities that the number would rise even more once the NPPF [...]

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