• And a toothless half-measure was found over a second recommendation relating to planning consent start dates.  A third recommendation, which sought to lobby government on allowing councils more time to put together its Local Plan, was given what appears to be half hearted support - a shame because EDDC would do much better in giving this lamentable government a very much deserved good boot [...]

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    Straitgate Farm, which is between Ottery St Mary and West Hill, is the subject of intense activity by the quarrying firm, as it appears to be gearing up for a planning application. Last year, a campaign launched, following Devon County Council’s proposal to include the site in its minerals plan, which would mean the dairy farm was almost certain to destined for a quarry. But the proposal was[...]

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    Strategic Land Partnerships applications to build 120 dwellings and 56 dwellings on the same piece of land, next to Ottery Road, have been registered. And so has an application for 32 houses behind Acland Park. Two applications were rejected by councillors sitting on EDDC’s development management committee, last month, with the proposal for 120 dwellings being rejected by planning officers. [...]

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    Pests and diseases such as ash dieback could threaten the majority of the 115,000 veteran and notable trees listed by the charity Thousands of “precious” ancient trees could be at risk from pests and diseases such as ash dieback and acute oak decline, experts have warned. Described as the natural equivalent of listed buildings, ancient trees have stood for hundreds of years, watching [...]

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    Amend the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and uphold local democratic decision making Responsible department: Department for Communities and Local Government We the undersigned believe that the NPPF is inherently unsound leading to irreversible loss of open countryside and irreparable damage to valuable landscape and heritage assets which are highly valued by local communities. [...]

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    The programme will interview the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s representatives, as well as a conservative councillor in Teignbridge - Kelvin Shantry. Tune in to BBC 1 at around 11.30am on Sunday, for the south west part of the programme.

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    Why East Devon’s town centres are deemed not to suffer from significant harm from the latest in a long line of stupidity I don’t know.  Another sigh.  I seem to do a lot of sighing over this government and its appalling policies. The article below is published by Planning Resource - here also - http://www.planningresource.co.uk/news/1184325/use-class-shake-up-comes-force/ [...]

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    Building houses will create more ‘human happiness’ than preserving fields, the Planning Minister has claimed. Nick Boles says the Government is determined to speed up the rate of house building, despite opposition from countryside groups. And he said communities who refused to support the initiative risked losing their hospitals and high street shops as their populations shrank. In an [...]

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    Cllr Hart confirmed that DCC monitored hedge cutting, following my written question, submitted in advance of DCC’s annual council meeting last Thursday (23 May). National guidance recommends that landowners cut hedges back in January and February only, to ensure the following: - reducing the chance of disturbance to breeding birds, nesting birds and other species, such as bats and dormice, [...]

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    Police have confirmed they are investigating a former East Devon councillor who resigned after being caught on camera boasting about his ability to secure planning permission. The move has prompted campaigners to hand officers a 20 to 30-page dossier on alleged planning “irregularities” gathered as part of an ongoing dispute over alleged undue influence between local developers and [...]

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    EDDC’s development management committee meeting (planning), which took place a couple of weeks ago, approved six of the seven planning applications ,in a meeting which took an entire morning. But there had been concerns from Mill Street residents about the height of the residential apartment block in the grounds of the adjacent Tumbling Weir car park so a site inspection was organised. But [...]

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    I pose this question because of all the important issues on last night’s EDDC annual council agenda, this seemed to provoke the most debate, especially among the conservative leadership. It was towards the end of the meeting when nominations for “think tanks” were made, that the tories decided to make rather pointed remarks about members of the independent group, not always attending [...]

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    It is aimed at showcasing what Ottery has to offer and will involve all sorts of activities, including food tasting and live music. The winner of the competition to find the most mouth-watering children’s recipe will be announced on Saturday morning. The order of play is as follows: - Friday 31 May Four course food safari - Saturday 1 June A food and drink street market in Mill Street, [...]

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    Wildlife on the brink

    22 May 2013 | News

    Devon’s treasured environment is “in trouble”, conservationists have warned, as the country’s first-ever State of Nature report was published.   Scientists and researchers from dozens of conservation groups – including Devon Wildlife Trust – have worked together to produce a “stock take” of the nation’s fauna and flora. It shows that 10% [...]

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