• I have read a few books about psychology and have noted that being politically active can increase happiness levels.  It’s certainly something I can identify with.  And I also agree that going out for dinner makes me happy! Here are the top five happiness scorings: - Being in a long-term relationship - Being actively engaged in politics - Being active in work and in your free time [...]

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    Here’s the link - http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/battle-to-film-huntingdonshire-district-council.html

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    Officials in Natural England’s and the Environment Agency’s planning departments have been told by the government to “consolidate” their planning departments. DEFRA took a massive hit just after the last general election, with a large swathe of funding withdrawn from it.  And Natural England has also suffered. Both agencies are responsible for commenting on planning [...]

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    Many residents are opposed to the application, which in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The full story is here - http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Councillor-quizzed-police-opposition-40-homes/story-19418630-detail/story.html#axzz2XVrzJdUR

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    Mr Boles also rubbished CPRE research which found that there were hundreds of thousands of planning approvals already in the system but land was being “banked” by developers. Not surprisingly, he made CPRE members very cross, especially as they were probably already very cross, having heard his repeated confrontational rhetoric broadcast and published in the national media for many [...]

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    In a story in today’s Express & Echo, Cllr Bond, said “it seemed perfectly logical” that the new guidance issued by jointly by the Local Government Association and Planning Advisory Service, should be “immediately enshrined in the council’s constitution.” Cllr Bond was referring to a standards committee meeting last week - here - [...]

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    A support button has been added to the group’s website, which contains all sorts of information about the proposed scheme, which would be between Feniton and Ottery initially. The Sidmouth Vision group, with the support of Cllr Stuart Hughes, is beavering away on its part of the project and longer-term the plan is for the schemes to meet, to form a continuous cycleway from Feniton, to [...]

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    As the issue rockets in terms of public interest, both locally and nationally, I have asked EDDC’s overview and scrutiny chair, Tim Wood, for an item to be included on an overview and scrutiny committee agenda, in the near future.  The debate might involve some uncomfortable discussions but I am convinced that EDDC needs to address this issue and draw up guidelines on what is [...]

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    Agreed by the rather thin on the ground members of the East Devon Business Forum scrutiny committee, this evening, was the following remit, proposed by me: “To consider the appropriateness of the amount of employment land provided in the East Devon local plan, and the methodology for reaching this level of provision, including possible flaws in the analysis employed. “To establish [...]

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    The meeting will take place from 10am on Thursday 18 July. Recommendations from this meeting will be taken to EDDC’s full council meeting on Wednesday 24 July, 6.30pm. An agenda for the planning committee meeting, will be circulated nearer the time.

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    At Tuesday’s (18 June) standards committee meeting, an officer took the committee through key elements of the new guidance, which was published in April, by the Planning Advisory Service and Local Government Association. The first issue the officer drew the committee’s attention to is set out on agenda page 28, which referred to committee members or ward members speaking on behalf of lobby [...]

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    Subject to approval by the Devon County Council cabinet, the scheme is scheduled to take place during this financial year. Details are included with the agenda for the East Devon highways and traffic orders committee (HATOC), of which I am a member, which takes place on Monday, 24 June, at 10am, EDDC offices, Sidmouth. £30,000 is allocated for the scheme, which will connect the pavement by [...]

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    But no formal recommendations were voted on and the subject has been deferred for a further debate at the committee’s next meeting, on Tuesday 23 July. The debate started with references made to the marathon planning committee meeting last week, which lasted 11 hours. Cllr Frances Newth was in favour of the South Hams Council model (outlined on page 11 of the agenda papers) which limited public [...]

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    It seems that Aggregate Industries may be having difficulties demonstrating that Straitgate Farm is an appropriate site for a large sand and gravel quarry, particularly given the likely significant environmental issues associated with disturbing an underground watercourse and subsequent impact on nearby ancient woodland. See the link below for more information about the update and proposals, [...]

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