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Planning reforms have actually slowed developments

By |2013-04-24T08:43:05+00:00April 24th, 2013|News|

The story here and below was published in Monday’s Daily Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10010052/Planning-reforms-have-actually-SLOWED-down-developments-figures-show.html .......................................................................................................................................................................................

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Devastating news for Kelly Lynch

By |2013-04-23T16:23:07+00:00April 23rd, 2013|News|

Devastating news arrived for Tipton resident, Kelly Lynch this afternoon, as a planning decision was issued on her appeal to build a small bungalow on her land at Tipton St John.

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Insist environment secretary votes to save our bees

By |2013-04-22T21:01:57+00:00April 22nd, 2013|News|

This evening I received this message from the excellent campaign group, 38 Degrees. 

Our bee population is decline, with potentially catastrophic consequences, yet secretary of state, Owen Paterson (I shake my head in utter despair of this government) intends to vote against banning the pesticides that is killing them.  Please help by following their links.

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The big debate: Will Sidmouth be a thorn in the Tories’ side?

By |2013-04-22T10:19:34+00:00April 22nd, 2013|News|

The story below and via the link is in today’s Western Morning News…....

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/big-debate-sleepy-Sidmouth-thorn-Tories/story-18769995-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_thisisexeter#axzz2RBZBd211 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Developers can pay to rip up nature

By |2013-04-21T15:12:30+00:00April 21st, 2013|News|

The article below is in today’s Sunday Times, which is behind a paywall, but you will get an idea of the government’s latest environmental destruction plot, from the first few paragraphs that are visible.

Note that Devon is on Mr Paterson’s “hitlist.  I will aim to find out more.

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Local MP agrees to help protect agricultural land

By |2013-04-21T09:30:25+00:00April 21st, 2013|News|

Tiverton and Honiton MP, Neil Parish, has pledged to take up the issue of a government environmental body only being consulted on development of high quality agricultural land, if it is a huge amount.

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Eric Pickles waters down plans on 8m extensions

By |2013-04-20T07:14:25+00:00April 20th, 2013|News|

I am unconvinced that this is going to be a satisfactory “compromise” - after all the government (incomprehensibly) intends to remove the “right to light” as a valid planning objection…. so what planning objections that would stand up at appeal would really work here?

The story is on the BBC website here and below: - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22221670 ............................................................................................................................................

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East Devon campaign group considers police complaint

By |2013-04-18T20:42:31+00:00April 18th, 2013|News|

The story below and here was published in today’s Express & Echo - http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/Fears-evidence-councillor-probe/story-18735407-detail/story.html#axzz2Qp7QdAOj  .............................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Interview with East Devon planning report author

By |2013-04-18T14:01:05+00:00April 18th, 2013|News|

The story below is in this week’s Express & Echo here and below - http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/Council-highlighted-author-s-democracy-report/story-18731996-detail/story.html#axzz2Qp7QdAOj 

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EDDC leader gives “rum” replies to questions

By |2013-04-17T12:26:31+00:00April 17th, 2013|News|

You may remember that EDDC leader, Cllr Paul Diviani told members of the public that he would write to them with answers to their questions, because of “election fever” at last week’s full council meeting - see blog for more detail -  https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/eddc_chairman_adjourns_council_meeting_over_thorny_question/

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Local Tory parties tell MPs to rebel over planning

By |2013-04-17T07:36:10+00:00April 17th, 2013|News|

This analysis by James Kirkup in today’s Telegraph about yesterday’s debate in parliament over extensions, is a revealing insight into what may have prompted a change in rhetoric at last week’s EDDC full council meeting, by leader Cllr Paul Diviani.  Cllr Diviani appeared (having previously backed the NPPF and the government planning changes), to have taken a very different position.

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Govt planning reforms in disarray after backbench rebellion

By |2013-04-17T07:29:22+00:00April 17th, 2013|News|

Yesterday’s vote on reckless government plans to allow people to build extensions without planning permission ended in chaos yesterday, according to today’s Telegraph.

The move is apparently to scrap planning “red tape” but it has been vociferously opposed by councils and local tory parties. 

It would seem that the forthcoming council elections on 2 May are concentrating a few minds ....

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Record important trees on Woodland Trust map

By |2013-04-16T12:47:48+00:00April 16th, 2013|News|

The chainsaws seem to have been out in force recently, particularly in West Hill, so following my conversation with a helpful member of the Woodland Trust this morning, I have posted a link below to an excellent piece of work they are carrying out.

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