Monthly Archives: May 2013

Thousands of ancient trees at risk, Woodland Trust warns

By |2013-05-30T14:46:55+00:00May 30th, 2013|News|

Story in today’s Guardian….................................http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/30/ancient-trees-risk-woodland .........................................................

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Major new petition against national planning rules

By |2013-05-30T14:17:32+00:00May 30th, 2013|News|

An excellent new petition aimed at significantly changing the environmentally damaging National Planning Policy Framework has been launched, on the Number 10 website.  See more information and the link to the petition, below.

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BBC Sunday Politics swings back to planning again

By |2013-05-30T14:11:54+00:00May 30th, 2013|News|

This Sunday’s south west BBC Politics Show will turn the spotlight on planning again, as it looks at planning minister’s, Nick Boles, careless remarks about there being more happiness in building houses than in looking at green fields.

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Sweeping and worrying planning changes start today

By |2013-05-30T13:47:22+00:00May 30th, 2013|News|

Controversial new new planning rules relaxing rules such as extensions and converting offices and shops into homes, takes place from today.

EDDC, along with many other planning authorities applied for an exemption from the new rules affecting town centres, but the government refused.  Other authorities were granted exemptions, apparently on the basis of significant harm being caused.

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DCC leader confirms hedgerow cutting is monitored

By |2013-05-27T14:49:57+00:00May 27th, 2013|News|

Devon County Council leader, John Hart, has confirmed that the council monitors the cutting of hedgerows, to ensure it is being carried out in accordance with national guidance, designed to protect wildlife.

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Police start to investigate “Browngate”

By |2013-05-24T11:27:40+00:00May 24th, 2013|News|

Yesterday’s Express & Echo and today’s Western Morning News report that Devon & Cornwall Police have started investigating the issues surrounding the Daily Telegraph exposure of former EDDC councillor and planning consultant, Graham Brown.

The Western Morning News story is here http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Police-confirm-investigation-Browngate-planning/story-19079980-detail/story.html?ito=SPT and below: ...........................................................................................................................................

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Ottery factory site gets green light for housing

By |2013-05-24T09:31:59+00:00May 24th, 2013|News|

Around 100 dwellings on the site of the derelict Ottermill Switchgear factory can go ahead, following a mammoth planning application and lengthy planning committee meeting.

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